Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Heartbreaking time for family: Farah on Sajid's #MeToo cases

Heartbreaking time for family: Farah on Sajid's #MeToo cases

Her story was posted by Twitter user Mahima Kukreja who has also outed AIB's former member Utsav Chakraborty for sexual harassment.

The minister also said that the ministry had set up a dedicated online portal "She-Box" where women can report grievances pertaining to sexual harassment.

With the accusations having trickled down from Hollywood into Bollywood, the growing storm has halted production of a Indian blockbuster, with the film's lead calling for harassment claims against its director and his co-star to be "stringently" investigated. While, Patekar is yet to comment on the issue openly, he has denied the allegations.

She also wrote that 'it's been 7 years, and it's about time I said it out loud'. Following this, Sajid Khan said he would step from as the director of movie Houseful 4, adding, "I request my friends in the media to kindly not pass judgement till the truth is out". After the allegations, Farhan Akhtar came out to shame the director and his cousin. This meant she would have to work under him directly.

In the other case, Taal director Subhash Ghai was accused of rape by a woman who says he spiked her drink and sexually assaulted her. According to Oxfam, 17 percent of women in both formal and informal sectors faced sexual harassment at work in India.

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In February 2015, a woman researcher filed a complaint against RK Pachauri, the head of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), stating that he had engaged in sexual misconduct with her at the workplace.

Though it's great that Bollywood is speaking up about incidents, there is an eerie silence at the top.

The #MeToo movement, which is aimed against sexual harassment, started previous year when allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein emerged.

Well, seems like Tanushree Dutta has opened a can of worms after levelling sexual abuse allegations against Nana Patekar. "It takes a lot for women to come out like this", she told PTI.

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