Actor, producer booked for sexual exploitation

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Pune, Dec 26 (UNI) City police today booked a leading Marathi film actor Ramesh Bhatkar and producer Ravi Naidu for alleged sexual exploitation of a 17-year-old girl on the promise of giving her a role in a Marathi film.

A complaint was also filed against the uncle and aunt of the victim--Dilip Karve and Jayshree Karve- alleged of being accomplices in the crime. The girl has also acused former corporator Bhagwan Vairat and Ashok Londhe of sexual exploitation.

Talking to UNI, Senior Police Inspector (Crime) S Thosar said the victim had filed a complaint stating that Dilip and Jayshree took her to Naidu's bungalow in Ghorpadi Peth on the promise that he would cast her in a Marathi film, where Naidu allegedly raped her.

The victim also stated that Bhatkar and Vairat had sought sexual favours from her in August, but let her free when she raised an alarm.

The police booked the accused under Sections 363, 366 and 376 of the Indian Penal Code but no arrests were made so far.

The girl was been sent for medical examination, police added.


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