#MeToo KR Sreenivas sexual harassment allegations: Senior editor K R Sreenivas, who was working as a resident editor for the Hyderabad edition on the Times of India (TOI), has been terminated from employment following a flurry of sexual misconduct allegations levelled against him by journalist Sandhya Menon and several other women. Keeping in view the sexual harassment allegations, Sreeni was sent on administrative leave earlier, reports said.
Journalist Sandhya Menon is one of the first women who came forward to detail the harassment she allegedly faced at the hands of Sreenivas and Gautam Adhikari. Sandhya alleged that Sreenivas inappropriately touched her thigh when he was dropping her home one night in 2008. Apart from Sandhya, several women have accused Sreeni and Gautam Adhikari of sexual misconduct.
Narrating her ordeal, Sandhya said she registered a complaint against Sreenivas’ misconduct with the Human Resources department the next day, but they informed him about the incident instead of seeking explanations from him. Beleaguered journalist then went to the committee for sexual harassment at Bennett, Coleman and Co Ltd (BCCL) to seek justice but the woman who headed BCCL at that point in time gave a clean chit to Sreenivas apparently trying to dissuade her.
Besides Jha, there has been a raft of allegations against other senior journalists, including MJ Akbar. Minster of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar is the most high profile person against whom sexual harassment allegations have been made, the latest being an intern who is a US national.
Several women journalists have listed their horrific experiences with Akbar, including a first-person account that spoke of being groped by the former hotshot editor.
While Akbar is away on duty overseas, several BJP leaders left it to him to speak on the issue, BJP chief Amit Shah on Saturday said the party would examine the allegations against Akbar before acting against him.