New Delhi: With #MeToo Campaign gaining momentum in the country and more cases of sexual assault coming to light, All India Bakchod (AIB) in its latest move asked its co-founder Tanmay Bhat to step down over the sexual allegations that were levelled against comedian Utsav Chakraborty. Bhat is facing allegations of not taking any action against Utsav Chakraborty- YouTuber and ex-AIB member, who has been accused of sexual assault.
Bhat had said in a tweet that he had confronted Utsav, who he said had sent a picture of his private parts by accident to a girl. When the accused called up the victim to render an apology, he ended up harassing her even more, the victim claimed.
Earlier in the day, AIB released a statement in which they apologised for the whole incident and said they cannot overlook Bhat’s role in the matter and he will be stepping down from his association with the company “until further notice”.
The statement also spoke about the allegations against Gursimran Khamba that surfaced on social media after his ex-girlfriend accused the AIB co-founder of sexual abuse. The woman alleged that Khamba forced himself on her after they broke up. In a series of tweets posted by her, she accused the comedian of ‘misconduct’ and bad behaviour, stating “it makes me sick to see people celebrate him when they don’t know the context and costs”.
Rejecting allegations, Khamba said in a statement that he had not violated consent. However, for the time being until the matter becomes clear, Khamba has been sent on a temporary leave of absence from AIB.
Another actor who has been called out for sexual misconduct is actor Rajat Kapoor. Two women took to Twitter and accused him of inappropriate behaviour. One of them alleged that the actor would call her “incessantly” and asked her if she knew any empty houses. This happened over 10 years ago, the victim said.
Another woman journalist accused the actor of asking uncomfortable questions such as “Are you as sexy as you sound?”, during a telephonic interview. Following the accusations, Rajat Kapoor today issued an apology and said in a tweet, “All my life I have tried to be a decent man, to do the right thing. If however, I have slipped and through my actions or words caused pain or hurt or trauma to absolutely anybody, please accept my apology.”
Before Rajat Kapoor was accused of misconduct, a woman photo-journalist had accused singer Kailash Kher of touching her inappropriately during an interview. Expressing disappointment, the singer too rejected the allegations saying that he does not remember the incident. He said, “For all those who know me and have come across me, will know how much I respect humanity, especially women, even more for the ones who work in media since their work is difficult”.
Meanwhile, Nana Patekar talked to a few selected journalists in Mumbai about the sexual allegations made against him by actor Tanushree Dutta. Patekar, citing that his lawyer has advised him to not talk to the press in detail, said that he hasn’t got anything new to add in the matter. He maintained that his truth remains the same. “Kal jo sach tha vo aaj sach hai vo kal bhi sach rahega“, (the truth is what it was 10 years back) said, Nana Patekar.
Another horrifying account of sexual harassment has been shared by female producer of 90s hit TV show, Tara. In a long heartwrenching facebook post, the producer shared her experience of facing harassment at the hands of the lead actor on the show, who’s now known as the ‘sanskaari’ man in the film industry. The producer has alleged that even the lead actress of the show was harassed at the hands of the man, post which the actor was asked to leave the show. She has also explained how she was later asked to shut her show along with her other shows from the channel. The producer has also narrated an incident when she went to the actor’s place for a party but felt her drinks were mixed. She has further gone to mention that when she left the party, she was dropped by the actor at her place and when she woke up, she was in pain. She has added that she was ‘raped and brutalised’.