The #Metoo movement that reportedly began in India with Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta coming out in open and accusing Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her in 2008 during the shooting of Horn Ok Pleassss has given courage a lot of women to come out in open to name and shame their abusers. Since the movement began, several senior officials journalists, editors, actors, directors, producers, judges and politician have been named by a number of women. Recently, a BJP leader and Sushma Swaraj’s deputy, MJ Akbar, was named in the #MeToo movement where at least six women journalists have named him of sexually harassing and recently a girl also stated that she was sexually harassed by MJ Akbar while she was an intern.
Apart from politics, former district judge of Madhya Pradesh has also been summoned by the Supreme Court over the charges of sexual harassment levelled by a woman judge.
Almost on daily basis a woman is coming out of the closet and is voicing the horrific experience she had in past. Apart from Nana Patekar, Housefull director Sajid Khan has also been named for sexually harassing a woman and for indecent behaviour.
Here are all the latest updates on #MeToo movement in India:
Actor Saif Ali Khan on Monday shared his #MeToo movement and said that giving justice to what women have faced is more important. He said that most of the people don’t understand other people and it is very difficult to understand the pain of others.
Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana's wife Tahira Kashyap shared her #MeToo story in an Instagram post on Monday. Tahira Kashyap said that she was traumatised and her husband, Ayushmann Khurrana's patience and love helped her to recover. Kashyap even requested all women to come forward and communicate about the matter.
Actor Vicky Kaushal's father Sham Kaushal on Sunday faced the heat of sexual harassment after being accused of misbehaving with a woman. In an anonymous Facebook post, a woman alleged national-award winner stunt director saying she was showed a porn video after shooting of a film and was told that it was bought from Bangkok by Sham.
The Wire journalist Vinod Dua accused of sexual harassment
Filmmaker Nishtha Jain levelled allegations of harassment against the Wire journalist Vinod Dua. In a Facebook post, filmmaker Nishtha Jain accused the senior journalist of stalking her and using curse works against her.
Bhushan Kumar's wife scraps all allegations against her husband
Actor and Bhushan Kumar's wife Divya Khosla Kumar on Sunday refuted all allegations of sexual harassment against her husband. Divya Khosla Kumar shared a post on Twitter saying all the allegations are baseless and Bhushan Kumar is a man of values and principles.
Farhad Samji to replace director Sajid Khan in Housefull 4
As per the reports, Farhad Samji will be replacing director Sajid Khan in Housefull 4. The makers of film on Saturday announced that Farhad Samji will be donning the director’s hat after the exit of Sajid Khan, who has been facing the sexual harassment charges.
MJ Akbar returns to India
Union Minister MJ Akbar, who has been facing sexual harassment charges, returns to India and says there will be a statement later on. As per the reports, MJ Akbar will return may keep his clarification on the harassment allegations levelled by US journalist.
MJ Akbar sexual harassment allegations
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to decide the fate of former journalist and MoS MJ Akbar, who has been facing the allegations of sexual harassment, say reports. MJ Akbar will return to India today after an official visit and may keep his side on the allegations of sexual harassment levelled by a journalist.
CINTAA's Amit Behl speaks up on Tanushree Dutta-Nana Patekar case
We agree that Tanushree Dutta's complaint wasn't addressed properly in 2008, don't know why they only looked into the monetary (financial) aspect of her complaint and not considered her complaint of sexual harassment. We have received a letter from her lawyer to relook into her 2008 complaint but we can't act on that, she has to file a complaint personally or authorise her lawyer to communicate with us. We are in the process to form a sub-committee to look into sexual allegations: Amit Behl, Senior Joint Secretary CINTAA
We agree that Tanushree Dutta's complaint wasn't addressed properly in 2008, don't know why they only looked into the monetary ( financial) aspect of her complaint & not considered her complaint of sexual harassment: Amit Behl, Sr Joint Secretary CINTAA. pic.twitter.com/tkFqo9SMPK— ANI (@ANI) October 13, 2018
Alok Nath writes back to IFTDA and CINTAA on their show cause notice
Under-fire Alok Nath has written to Indian Film & Television Directors' Association (IFTDA) and Cine And TV Artistes' Association (CINTAA) on the show cause notice issued to him earlier.
Here is the letter submitted to the authorities by Alok Nath's lawyer:
1. Without prejudice to what is stated herein above, contents of your letter indicate that my client shall show cause as to why he shall not be expelled from the membership of your association or the charges levelled against him for the alleged sexual assault alleged to have been took place in the year 1998-1999.
2. Please note that the contents of your letter are false on the face of it as till date, no such charge has been levelled against my client before any of the competent authority. My client states that in a Corporate, a particular officer is designated for the purpose of said charges or in alternate if no such officer is available then in those circumstances obviously the matter is required to be reported to the police authorities or to the Hon’ble Court.
3. In the present case, neither any complaint has been made to any of the police authorities nor before any court of law. Even this aspect of the matter, please note that levelling of charge or allegations against any person does not mean that a person to be guilty of having committed any such offence as the law of land is clear that unless a person infact is convicted, he always remains to be innocent and cannot be treated to be a criminal or guilty.
4. In view of the aforesaid facts, the question of your association issuing any such notice in the nature of show cause notice for the purpose of considering termination or revocation of the membership of my client does not arise.
5. My client has further intimated to me that he has been associated with your Association for years back and as such, he is having all the faith and due respect upon the Association and office bearers of your Association and accordingly the Association will not act by the press report or any such messages appearing in the social media till the time actual facts are brought before the Competent court of law and appropriate orders be passed by the Hon’ble Appropriate court of law.
6. With this expectation, my client does hereby request you to forthwith withdraw your show cause notice issued to my client.
BCCI cracks the whip against Rahul Johri
Committee of Administrators (CoA) of the BCCI asks Rahul Johri to submit his explanation within a week over the sexual harassment allegations made against him.
Manish Malhotra gives his two cents on #MeToo movement
I'm happy that people are speaking their minds. It's not just about #Metoo movement. It's also about the things that are taboo like depression, feeling liberated in being who you are. Raising voice when someone is hurting/forcing you is something fabulous: Designer Manish Malhotra
Bhushan Kumar files complaint against sexual harassment charges levelled on him
T-Series chairman Bhushan Kumar has filed a complaint in Mumbai's Amboli police station against an unknown person for posting offensive remarks and statements against him on social media and levelling sexual harassment allegations at him.
Tanushree Dutta ups ante in sexual harassment case
Tanushree Dutta's lawyer submitted an application at Mumbai's Oshiwara police station to conduct Narco Analysis, Brain Mapping and Lie Detector Test of Nana Patekar, Ganesh Acharya, Samee Siddiqui and Rakesh Sarang in connection with sexual harassment case.
After several famous personalities were named and shamed for sexually harassing several women, the #MeToo fire has reportedly hit cricket with BCCI CEO Rahul Johri being accused by a woman for sexually harassing her.
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An application has been filed by Alok Nath's wife in Mumbai's Andheri Court against writer-producer Vinta Nanda seeking directions to Amboli police for taking cognisance of the complaint and investigating the matter as per CrPC 155 and complaint of given offences under 499, 500,34 and 114 of the IPC.
Read the full story about Alok Nath filing defamation case against Vinta Nanda. She is the writer-producer who had accused the actor of raping her some two decades ago.
Just a few days after director Vinita Nanda came out in open and accused Alok Nath of sexually harassing her, the Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety actor has slapped a defamation case against Vinta Nanda
Actress Rachel White has accused Sajid Khan of sexually harassing her at his home. The actress said that Sajid Khan asked her to seduce him and if she succeeds, she will get the lead role in his upcoming movie. rachel White said that she had been waiting for someone to raise his voice against Sajid Kahn as she wants people to know that he is a serial offender.
BJP president Amit Shah takes cognizance of the sexual harassment allegations against the junior foreign affairs minister. Speaking on the allegations levelled against MJ Akbar, Amit Shah said that the accusations will be examined.
After Saloni Chopra, another Bollywood actor has come out and accused Sajid Khan of sexually harassing her. Rachel white said that she had been waiting for someone o speak against Sajid Khan so that she could also voice out her horrific experience. She said that she had not screenshots or proofs to back her story so all that she could do was follow.
In wake of ongoing #MeToo movement, Women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi, on Friday, said that the government will form a committee of four retired judges who will be conducting public hearings of all the #MeToo cases. Maneka Gandhi further urged the women in the country to report the offences on the ministry's portal
Unleashing a scathing attack on Modi minister MJ Akbar, DCW chief Swati Maliwal said that she has written a letter to PM Modi and sought MJ Akbar's resignation in wake of several sexual harassment allegations against him. Recently, a US journalist also accused MJ Akbar of sexually harassing her.
Does PM Modi support this man's sick & lecherous behaviour? Y Akbar still represents India abroad? Y has his foreign tour on taxpayer money not cut short & he thrown out of Govt? So that he sexually assaults more women? Inaction against sexual predator is worse than the assault! https://t.co/Rs52jqW4ws— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) October 12, 2018
The BJP government is said to be facing the heat from the #MeToo fire as one of its senior leader and Sushma Swaraj's deputy, MJ Akbar, has been accused of sexual harassment by at least six women journalists. While BJP leader Smriti Irani has voiced her support to the movement, Madhya Pradesh BJP women wing chief, Lata Kelkar said that the women journalists were not innocent.
#WATCH: I welcome this #MeToo campaign but I don't consider women journalists to be so innocent that anyone can misuse them, says Lata Kelkar, Chief of Madhya Pradesh BJP women wing on MJ Akbar. (11.10.18) pic.twitter.com/4gM5shTkg3— ANI (@ANI) October 12, 2018
Several women from the Bollywood industry to the corporate world have named and shamed their abusers. On Friday, Bollywood director Sajid Khan was named in the #MeToo movement. Soon after the reports of Sajik Khan sexually harassing women surfaced, his sister Farah Khan shared a Twitter post and said that she did not know about this behaviour and stand in support of all the women.
This is a heartbreaking time for my family.We have to work through some very difficult issues. If my brother has behaved in this manner he has a lot to atone for.I don’t in any way endorse this behavior and Stand in solidarity with any woman who has been hurt.— Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) October 12, 2018
The recent Bollywood actor who has bee caught in the #MeToo storm is Bollywood 'Sanskari Bapuji' Alok Nath who has been accused by several women of an indecent behaviour and rape. Recently, actress Himani has accused him of sexual harassment. alok Nath was last see in Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety
Taking cognizance of the sexual harassement charges levelled against their chief of corporate communications in Mumbai, Suresh Rangarajan, Tata Motors has sent him on leave. In the official statemnet released, the Indian owner of Jaguar Land Rover said that an inquiry has been ordered in the matter.
Allegations are being investigated and an appropriate action will be taken immediately as soon as the enquiry is complete - Tata Motors’ HR pic.twitter.com/Y7qRi1lT3q— Tata Motors (@TataMotors) October 11, 2018