What is MeToo movement: Sexual harassment in India
What is MeToo movement: Sexual harassment in India #Me Too movement which began in the United States more than a year ago in response to accusations of sexual harassment and abuse by powerful men in the entertainment industry, gained traction in India late September after actress Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of inappropriate behaviour on the sets of a film they were shooting in 2008.
Here’s the list of some of the prominent names who have been caught in the web of #MeToo allegations so far:
M J Akbar
Former Union minister
Accused of: Several women journalists, including Priya Ramani, Ghazala Wahab and Shutapa Paul and Tushita Patel came out with detailed accounts of alleged sexual misconduct by Akbar when he held senior editorial positions at various media organisations.
His defense: The Union minister has called all the allegations against him false and fabricated. He has further accused Priya Ramani of “willfully, deliberately, intentionally and maliciously” defaming him.
Current status: The Editors Guild of India on Thursday, through an official statement, requested M J Akbar to withdraw his defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani. Akbar has also filed a defamation case in Delhi’s Patiala House court against Priya Ramani.
The court has fixed October 31 for the next hearing. Meanwhile, 20 women journalists have come out in support of their colleagues and urged the court to hear their testimonies against Akbar.
On Wednesday, Akbar resigned as minister of state for external affairs following the spate of sexual misconduct accusations levelled by several women against him.
Johri has been accused of misbehaviour by an unnamed person, who claimed to be an ex-colleague of Johri at the Discovery Channel. The messages were posted on Twitter by an author, Harnidh Kaur, who later stated that she did not want the charges published nor her name used in the context.
Defence: The Committee of Administrators has sought an explanation from Johri