Case against popular film director for obscene scenes involving kids

Mahesh Manjrekar

Mumbai: A case has been registered against actor and director Mahesh Manjrekar at Mahim police station in Mumbai for allegedly showing obscene scenes involving minor children in a Marathi film.

Mahesh Manjrekar who has directed critically acclaimed movies like Sanjay Dutt-starrer Vaastav: The Reality and Astitva is now facing a lot of backlash over his latest Marathi film Nay Varan bhat Loncha Kon Nay Koncha.

Earlier, the sessions court in Mumbai had directed the registration of FIR and initiation of a probe into the matter after a plea filed by social activist Seema Deshpande that said about alleged obscene scenes in the Marathi film involving children which is a violation of the POCSO Act.

As per reports, the case has been filed under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 292, 34, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Section 14 and Sections 67, 67B of the IT Act. Deshpande alleged that the film depicts sexual activities featuring minors and their aunt.

Reacting to Deshpande’s complaint, Mahesh Manjrekar had previously said, ‘My movie is censored by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). I am ready to cooperate with the investigation. Only after the content was censored, the film was released for the public. We will present the material before the police when they ask for it.’