#MeToo movement is gaining a momentum in India as a big number of women are taking to Twitter to call out comedians, journalists, authors, actors and filmmakers for sexually harassing them at some point of their lives.
Some female journalists have also jumped into the pool making serious allegation on some senior Indian journalists – hitting Indian media the hardest.
It all started on 4th October when a young female comedian accused Utsav Chakraborty, a 33-year-old comedian, of sending her an unsolicited photo of his penis.
Mr. Chakraborty admitted to the accusation in a tweets thread and apologized for his action.
After that many of the female journalists started to share stories of sexual harassment and even assault keeping the hashtag #MeToo trending I India for the next three days. During these three days, the accusations were made against more comedians, senior reporters, editors, popular authors, actors, and filmmakers.
So far, female journalists have made the most of accusations against reporters, senior editors, authors, and even a high court judge.
These allegations succeeded to make they place on the front page of national dailies. Some news organizations have responded too. One major newspaper has promised an investigation after seven women accused one of its senior editors of sexually harassing them and of sabotaging their careers if they did not comply.
Another newspaper announced that a senior editor who had also been named was stepping down from his position.
Journalist Sandhya Menon has shared a number of stories of harassment and assault from other fellow journalists who sent those to her.
On the other end, India’s film industry is also in danger. In September, an actress Tanushree Dutta alleged veteran actor Nana Patekar of sexual assault. Patekar called those allegations fake.
Then on 6 October HuffPost India published a report revealing that director Vikas Bahl had sexually assaulted a female crew member in 2015.
Mr. Bahl also declined the allegations.
Many other actresses are speaking against the well-established filmmakers, actors and producers of mistreating them sexually. The allegations range from awkward or creepy encounters, lewd behavior and suggestive text messages to aggressive sexual advances and outright assault.