Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

#MeToo Movement

The #MeToo movement has finally arrived in India, with countless survivors using Twitter and Facebook to name and shame the men who have allegedly sexually harassed or assaulted them – at the workplace and elsewhere. The movement has seen a tremendous outpouring of solidarity for the victims, and demands for the accused men to face action.

Among those facing accusations are union minister of state for external affairs M.J. Akbar, actor Alok Nath, author Chetan Bhagat and several journalists, advertising professionals and comedians.

ThePrint brings you extensive, in-depth coverage of the movement.

SP Suhai Aziz

People in China go gaga over Pak woman police officer who foiled Karachi consulate attack

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Chinese citizens raising funds to support families of two slain policemen; #InkaarKaro movement encourages women to speak up. 
File image of WCD minister Maneka Gandhi | Facebook

#MeToo: 70% of sexual harassment complaints filed with Maneka’s ministry yet to be disposed of

The complaints were filed on the online portal, She-Box, which the ministry then forwards to the respective workplaces.

Amid #MeToo storm, NCW decides to review Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act

A key issue identified by NCW is lack of an authority to ensure a proper mechanism exists to monitor implementation of law.
Nandita Das at Democracy Wall |

Anything worth saying today is going to be provocative: Actor-director Nandita Das

Speaking about the inspiration behind her directorial ventures Firaaq and Manto, Das said she 'wanted to respond to what was happening around us'.
Maneka Gandhi

Sexual harassment complaints at All India Radio must be fairly addressed: Maneka to I&B minister...

The BJP minister reacted to the several sexual harassment complaints that have been reported from different AIR stations. 
India Today executive editor Gaurav Sawant

Two journalists accuse India Today executive editor Gaurav Sawant of sexual harassment

Vidya Krishnan has alleged Sawant harassed her during a trip to Punjab in 2003. Kanika Gahlaut claims he lunged at her during a conclave about 10 years back.
Representational image | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

#MeToo effect: Congress youth wing to set up panel to probe harassment complaints

Move by the Indian Youth Congress comes after a member of its student wing NSUI accused its president Fairoz Khan of sexual harassment.
File photo of Maneka Gandhi | Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Maneka Gandhi: The rare outspoken minister in the Modi government

Be it the #MeToo case involving M.J. Akbar or Avni killing, Maneka Gandhi has spoken her mind, demanding punishment for the 'guilty'.
MJ Akbar filed a criminal defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani | Getty Images

Best boss I worked with: MJ Akbar’s first witness tells court in MeToo hearing

Sunday Guardian editor Joyeeta Basu appears as a witness for former minister M.J. Akbar in his defamation suit, calls him a 'perfect professional'.
Attendees listen during a panel discussion at a #MeToo event in Mumbai | Representational image | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Mallika Akbar, Hillary Clinton, The Good Wife: Why women stand by predatory men

Although it seems illogical, many women have defended men accused of sexual misconduct.
M.J. Akbar | PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary

‘Relationship based on coercion not consensual’: Pallavi Gogoi hits back at MJ Akbar

US-based journalist Pallavi Gogoi, who has accused former minister M.J. Akbar of rape, has refuted his and his wife's allegation that they were in a relationship.
File image of MJ Akbar | PTI

It was consensual: Akbar denies rape charge, wife says US journalist Pallavi Gogoi is lying

MJ Akbar’s wife Mallika claims her husband and Gogoi were in a consensual romantic relationship over 20 years ago that caused ‘discord’ in her family.
MJ Akbar filed a criminal defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani | Getty Images

Top editor in the US accuses MJ Akbar of rape, physical assault

Pallavi Gogoi, a chief editor at National Public Radio in the US, alleges M.J. Akbar raped her when she worked under him at The Asian Age in the 1990s.
MJ Akbar has filed a criminal defamation case against Priya Ramani | @mjakbarofficial/Facebook

MJ Akbar says Ramani damaged his ‘stellar reputation’, calls her charges baseless in cou...

Journalist Priya Ramani was the first among nearly 20 women to accuse MJ Akbar, a former editor, of sexual misconduct.

Handling of sexual abuse complaints by CoA boss will ruin Indian cricket

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Suhel Seth |

Mired in #MeToo, Suhel Seth loses contract with Tata Sons

Tata Sons issues statement, says will not renew contract with branding consultant Suhel Seth, accused of sexual harassment by at least 6 women.  
Tavleen Singh and Barkha Dutt

Tavleen Singh takes on #MeToo supporters, explains why she isn’t on the same page

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

Suhel Seth: The man who ‘collected beautiful people’ and almost got away with everything

Friends & acquaintances talk about the hubris of celebrity consultant Suhel Seth, who hit headlines recently after several women accused him of sexual misconduct.
Women in Delhi enjoy a concert | representational image | Manoj Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Thanks to Tinder, Indian women can finally ignore men without consequences

Decoding love and consent in the age of #MeToo and Tinder.
Vinod Rai

CoA split on Rahul Johri sexual harassment charges shows Vinod Rai has dropped the ball

CoA member Diana Edulji wanted BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to resign or be removed, but chief Vinod Rai insisted on setting up a three-member inquiry panel.
Image of Andy Rubin | Twitter

What NYT expose on Google reveals about the workplace bro culture women fight everyday

An expose by The New York Times suggests Google failed to act against men accused of sexual misconduct, and even hushed up allegations.
File photo of Rahul Johri | Commons

Divided CoA sets up committee to probe #MeToo charge against BCCI CEO Rahul Johri

The three-member panel has been given 15 days to submit a report.
Charanjit Singh Channi | Facebook

In Punjab’s first #MeToo moment, IAS officer takes on Amarinder govt minister

Woman officer accuses Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi of sending her 'inappropriate' messages, opposition calls for his sacking.
Indian Institute of Mass Communication

After media houses, #MeToo hits India’s premier journalism school IIMC

An IIS officer undergoing training at IIMC has made a formal complaint against a foreign mid-career media professional who’s studying Development Journalism.
Ali Zafar

‘Kuchh To Galat Ho Raha Hai’, says Ali Zafar in new poem

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Actor slammed for controversial post on #MeToo as Khan says day not far off when Pakistan will be disbursing loans to other countries.
File image of Ismat Chughtai | Wikimedia Commons

Ismat Chughtai felt crushed under the weight of her greatest creation, Lihaaf

Chughtai, who died on 24 October 1991, wrote the short story Lihaaf in 1942, but said it became the ‘stick to beat her with’ for the rest of her life.
Imran Khan with Saudi king Salman

Pak stock market shoots up after Saudi Arabia pledges $6 billion loan

Here’s what’s happening across the border:  Foreign journalist says Imran gave her an interview but aide says no, and actress to launch ‘Inkar karo’ movement in line with #MeToo.
File image of Board of Control for Cricket in India CEO Rahul Johri | SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images

Vinod Rai’s panel still to act despite two #MeToo allegations against BCCI CEO Rahul Johri

CoA is under pressure to address #MeToo allegations against Rahul Johri by a former colleague, and by a serving BCCI employee.
Actor Tanushree Dutta | Commons

If men are scared then they should be: Tanushree Dutta on the #MeToo movement

Tanushree Dutta, who had alleged sexual harassment by Nana Patekar in September, said she did not speak out to be hailed a hero but to defend herself. 
Mahima Kukreja at a #MeToo event in Mumbai | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

How India’s #MeToo campaign is different from the trailblazer in the US

America was more focused on workplace harassment. India’s #MeToo campaign has taken on a more diffuse character.

IISc probe of professor brings #MeToo lens on India’s ‘secretive’ science communit...

IISc is probing a celebrated scientist over a complaint of sexual harassment. But it may not be an isolated incident in science community.
Representational image | Sanchit Khanna/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

SC declines urgent hearing of PIL asking for FIRs based on #MeToo allegations

The PIL also asked for security and assistance to be given to women who have come out with their allegations in the public domain.
Representational image of #MeToo movement | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

I deny sexual harassment: NGO head responds to #MeToo allegations

Activist and writer Mari Marcel Thekaekara  had accused NGO head Mazher Hussain of inappropriate behaviour.
Tavleen Singh and Barkha Dutt

Women like me are fighters not victims: Tavleen Singh’s open letter to Barkha Dutt

I object to #MeToo because I see, so far, it is only the most empowered Indian women who are making allegations, says Tavleen Singh.

Women’s commission tells govt to direct media houses to form sexual harassment committees

Over the last few days, the National Commission for Women has received a number of sexual harassment complaints against persons in print and digital media houses.
BJP MLA from Unnao Kuldip Singh Sengar reached SSP office

Unnao teen has no clue of #MeToo, just wants her ‘rapist’ BJP MLA sacked

Unnao teen allegedly raped by BJP MLA isn’t interested in knowing about #MeToo movement. Says speaking up has done nothing for her.
People take part in a protest against Kathua and Unnao rape cases

Kathua anti-rape crusader accused of rape by JNU student

Top lawyer Indira Jaising refuses to represent Kathua anti-rape crusader Talib Hussain in separate case after rape allegations against him surfaced.
Barkha Dutt’s open letter to #Metoo criticsvideo

Barkha Dutt’s open letter to #MeToo critics Tavleen Singh, Seema Mustafa & Manjeet Kripalani

Barkha Dutt takes on #Metoo critics and senior women journalists Tavleen Singh, Seema Mustafa & Manjeet Kripalani

The Amritsar train tragedy, and Bishop Franco Mulakkal gets a ‘hero’s welcome’

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by editors at ThePrint.
Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar leaves MEA | Kamal Singh/PTI

Once a brilliant editor, MJ Akbar is now seen as India’s most high-profile sexual predator

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
Geeta Luthra | Qamar Sibtain/The India Today Group/Getty Images

The LSR graduate who’s a lawyer representing both MJ Akbar and Tarun Tejpal 

Senior advocate Geeta Luthra, who did her LLM and M.Phil at Cambridge, says everyone deserves a chance at a fair trial.
Sonam Mahajan | @AsYouNotWish/Twitter

Sonam Mahajan calls out ‘harassment, lies and gag order’, Asianet COO alleges extortion

Mahajan alleges Khare's close association with BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar is protecting him. Khare claims he was approached with 'settlement offers'.

Why Indian feminists are saying yes to #MeToo & no to sex offenders list

Sex offenders registry faced bitter opposition but #MeToo is being hailed as the next wave in online feminism.
Ashish Pandey

Kind employer, father, globetrotter: How his friends know ‘Pink Pants’ Ashish Pandey

Friends of Ashish Pandey, who made headlines after pulling a gun on a couple at a Delhi five-star hotel, say the media has been unfair to him.
M.J. Akbar

In #MeToo era, this colonial-era law also needs to be junked

By choosing to file a criminal defamation case only against Priya Ramani, M.J. Akbar makes no effort to hide his intentions.
MoS for shipping and finance Pon Radhakrishnan | Twitter/@PonnaarrBJP

#MeToo launched by people with perverted minds, says union minister Radhakrishnan

MoS for shipping and finance Pon Radhakrishnan alleged that the #MeToo movement has tarnished the image of India.

How #MeToo movement forced M.J. Akbar to quit, and the Sabarimala protest

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by editors at ThePrint.
MJ Akbar filed a criminal defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani | Getty Images

10 lawyers appear for MJ Akbar as hearing in defamation case against Ramani starts

M.J. Akbar, accused of sexual harassment by 20 women journalists, resigned as MoS external affairs Wednesday.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan | Facebook

Pakistan negotiates IMF bailout, but Imran Khan has other plans

A money trail financing Islamic State in Afghanistan unearthed in Karachi; a local restaurant uses #MeToo to advertise itself.
MJ Akbar has filed a criminal defamation case against Priya Ramani | @mjakbarofficial/Facebook

Editors Guild pledges support to women journalists, asks Akbar to withdraw defamation case

Editors Guild says it will help complainants get legal aid if M.J. Akbar does not withdraw case against journalist Priya Ramani or files similar cases against others.
File image of M.J. Akbar | YouTube

6 foreign trips MJ Akbar will no longer make, govt scrambles to find replacement

M.J. Akbar, who resigned as Minister of State for External Affairs Wednesday, was liaising with Muslim countries in Central and West Asia and Africa.
MJ Akbar resigns over sexual harassment charges | Getty Images

MJ Akbar: The brilliant editor who’s now seen as India’s most high-profile sexual predat...

Star editor MJ Akbar now stands exposed by a series of brave women journalists for being a sexual predator.
Sabarimala Temple

As women block women, there’s no #MeToo solidarity on the way to Sabarimala

From Ravish Kumar on NDTV India, to India TV, News 24, Newsnation, Prime News, Total TV and even a regional channel like Kashish TV have broadcast #MeToo.
BJP Parliamentary Party meeting

Why BJP leadership is silent on Sabarimala Temple controversy

Stung by #MeToo, the BJP brass is worried that supporting the Sabarimala Temple protests may hand the opposition another weapon.
File image of MJ Akbar | PTI

India’s foreign office could not afford a man like MJ Akbar: Nirupama Rao on ThePrint

Foreign offices are projectors of the national identity and character. M.J. Akbar’s continuation in office would have been awkward to explain. 
M.J. Akbar | Facebook

Hang in there women, MJ Akbar is a victory, but the #MeToo fight is just starting

Now that Akbar is freed from shackles of political scrutiny, he can drag Priya Ramani’s name through the mud without dirtying BJP’s image.
Representational image | Sanchit Khanna/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

The women who are not for #Metoo in India

A few female journalists and politicians have vehemently opposed and openly criticised the stories narrated by women as part of the #MeToo movement.
MJ Akbar

Worried about ‘untenable’ situation, BJP gets minister MJ Akbar to quit

Accused of sexual harassment, M.J. Akbar resigns as MoS external affairs. BJP members say his marching orders came from the 'very top'.
Manjul | Firstpost

Sabarimala opens door to all women, and 97 lawyers for M.J. Akbar

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by editors at ThePrint.
Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar leaves MEA | Kamal Singh/PTI

Union Minister MJ Akbar resigns over sexual harassment charges

MoS External Affairs MJ Akbar has resigned after several women journalists accused him of sexual harassment.
Ashish Pandey

Even pink pants can’t make VIP brats decent human beings

Ashish Pandey & Co. appear to be ‘woke’ — his pink pants are very metrosexual. Yet he totes a gun, while his friends use ‘transsexual’ and ‘#MeToo’ as insults.

NCW can’t be a post office: Amid #MeToo campaign, women’s body pulled up for ‘insincerity’

The NCW has been criticised by the Central Information Commission for ‘washing hands of’ sexual harassment cases.

India’s ‘Raja Beta’ culture: Here are five ways to raise your boys

The ‘Raja Beta’ culture is a heady, intoxicating mix of power and anger, and gives birth to unkind men who think their worth is limited to their conquests.

Priya Ramani vs MJ Akbar must not stop public naming & shaming in India’s #Metoo

We Indians want to solve every social problem with a legal remedy, but that is pointless and counterproductive. Naming and shaming is far more effective. 
Potted cannabis plants | Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg

Marijuana is now legal in Canada, and the Jamal Khashoggi mystery deepens

Sexism and harassment 'prevalent' in European parliaments, and a dating site for Trump supporters launches on a sour note.
Sushma Swaraj | Wu Hong-Pool/Getty Images

Sushma Swaraj of 2018: A pale shadow of the once firebrand leader

The irrelevance of Sushma Swaraj to politics is fast becoming obvious, and her silence on MJ Akbar & MeToo is tellingly reflective of her diminished position.

Reducing Patel’s stature to a statue, and Yogi’s bid to turn Allahabad into ‘Praya...

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by editors at ThePrint.
Fairoz Khan | Twitter

NSUI president Fairoz Khan quits over sexual harassment charges

Fairoz Khan resigned as the president of NSUI after a party worker from Chhattisgarh had accused him of sexually harassing her, her sister and some other women party members.
Representational image | ThePrint

78% Indians did not report sexual harassment at workplace when they faced it: Survey

Survey involved 15,000 respondents from rural and urban India. About 50% who said they were harassed at workplace said it happened during regular work hours.
Raian Karanjawala

Karanjawala: Lawyer friend of India’s rich & famous who’s an expert in harassment c...

Raian Karanjawala, who co-founded Karanjawala & Co with wife Manik, has had close friendships & lifelong associations with the big names in business & politics.
File image of Alok Nath | Commons

Alok Nath files Re 1 defamation suit against Vinta Nanda, who accused him of rape

Apart from suing her for defamation, actor Alok Nath has also demanded an apology from writer-director Vinta Nanda.
Chetan Bhagat | Facebook

Chetan Bhagat posts ‘Miss u kiss u’ defence against Ira Trivedi’s sexual harassment charge

Chetan Bhagat tweets screenshot of Ira Trivedi’s email as proof she continued speaking to him in affectionate terms, 3 years after he allegedly harassed her.
M.J. Akbar | Facebook

MJ Akbar sues Priya Ramani for criminal defamation over sexual harassment allegations

M.J. Akbar's plea accuses Priya Ramani of 'willfully, deliberately, intentionally and maliciously defaming the complainant'.