Popular theatre personality Vinay was arrested by the Narayanaguda police on Tuesday after he allegedly asked the students to strip as part of an acting workshop. He was remanded to judicial custody but was let out on bail later on Tuesday.
Vinay, who runs a theatre group ‘Sutradhar, was accused by a 21-year-old woman of asking them to ‘remove their clothes or get out’ as part of an acting exercise.
On April 15, the girl approached the Telangana police’s SHE team, a team working for protection and safety of women, filed a complaint. In her complaint, 9 students, 7 men and 2 women, who were part of the workshop were asked to strip naked. Vinay was arrested after the woman’s family protested outside the police station.
The police filed a case under section 509 of IPC (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) based on the complaint. Two more charges of sexual harassment and criminal intimidation, under 354 A and 506 of IPC, were added later.
However, Vinay had justified his actions claiming that the naked act was part of the acting exercise.
Vinay Varma has also acted in a couple of Telugu films and has been running the theatre group in Hyderabad for almost two decades.