Scores of women journalists, came out this week with accounts of sexual harassment from colleagues and editors, accusing them of indecent comments, demands for date, unwanted touches and the dissemination of pornography.
Accusations of sexual assault have spread across social media as the #MeToo movement took aim at prominent journalists in India
Journalist Sandhya Menon recounted the sexual harassment she allegedly faced from two senior editors, KR Sreenivas , who is currently in Times of India and Gautam Adhikari , former editor in chief of DNA Bombay.
Since I'm calling them out.
Let me tell you about @KRSreenivas who is currently resident editor @toi Hyderabad (I think) who offered to drop me back after a day's work.
We were about to launch Bangalore mirror back in 2008 and I had just moved to this city.
— Sandhya Menon (@TheRestlessQuil) October 5, 2018
Last month, Bollywood actress and former Miss India Tanushree Dutta alleged renowned actor Nana Patekar harassed her on the sets of a film in 2008.
Mahima Kukreja, a writer accused a well-known comic and YouTube star, Utsav Chakraborty, of sexual misconduct on Thursday.
I want everyone to know @Wootsaw is a piece of shit. He sent me a dick pic, was creepy, then cried saying I’ll ruin his career if I tell others. I told two of the most influential men in comedy in India. Nothing happened. Let me tell you what else he has done with others.
— Mahima Kukreja 🌱🌈✊🏽 (@AGirlOfHerWords) October 4, 2018
Mayank Jain, journalist the Business Standard, was called out by reporter Anoo Bhuyan as a “sexual predator”. Following this, Business Standard has since announced an internal inquiry against Jain
1. This Indian journalist here, is a #SexualPredator.
— Anoo Bhuyan (@AnooBhu) October 4, 2018
Many other senior journalists and writers, including KR Sreenivas, Kiran Nagarkar, and CP Surendran, were embroiled in separate accusations of sexual misconduct.
Many women journalists also posted details of Anurag Verma, a former editor at Huffington Post, asking women for nude pictures.
Hello. My snapchats have been problematic. I have been problematic. The content that I thought was "funny" at the time was actually not. I'm sorry, I have made many of you uncomfortable with my crass photos and videos that I thought would pass as a humour.
— Anurag Verma (@kitAnurag) October 4, 2018
#MeToo A present day Deputy Executive Editor of a news channel once approached me to sleep with him. I was a newbie at work and he was a super senior. Please note – this was my first job. I was also more naive, ignorant, indecisive and confused.
— Rashmi Sinha (@GundiAapa) October 5, 2018
Here's my story about a fellow-journalist, who continues to thrive. And, as I just found out, abuses other female journalists regularly.
CC: @TheRestlessQuil @AnooBhu @Vivx @newspaperwallah #MeToo https://t.co/SB0IC6W1wi
— Raksha Kumar (@Raksha_Kumar) October 5, 2018