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Filmmaker Subhash Ghai accused of drugging, raping woman- #MeToo

Filmmaker Subhash Ghai has been accused of drugging and raping a former employee.

MeToo,MeToo movement,Subhash Ghai
Subhash Ghai is known for directing films such as Karz, Ram Lakhan and Hero.

Director Subhash Ghai has been accused of sexual assault by an anonymous woman on Twitter, the latest in a wave of accusations against prominent media personalities that is being described as India’s MeToo movement.

Sharing screenshots of a private conversation on Twitter, writer Mahima Kukreja, who has shared similar accounts in the past, wrote that the alleged victim was a ‘credible media/lit personality’. The anonymous accuser’s profile on Twitter has blue tick of verification can be spotted above her name.

The accuser told Mahima that the incident happened when she was ‘working with Subhash Ghai on a film’.

“He said he would be my mentor and would guide me in the film industry. I listened cos I had no Godfather in the film industry and no friends. I was new to Mumbai. But I was hungry to learn and to prove to my parents that being a director was my true calling,” the accuser wrote.

“In the beginning he would take me to music recordings and I’d have to sit there till very late at night with other male members. No one did anything in front of him. When recordings finished I took an auto home or he would drop me. He slowly started putting his hand on my thigh, giving me a big hug saying I did good that day. Then he’d call me to script sessions at his small apartment In Lokhandwala. This was where he said he’d do script sessions with other actresses. When I went there though there was no one and he was alone In his two bedroom place. This was not the house he stayed with his wife. This was he said his thinking pad. Instead of script session he started talking about how he was so misunderstood in the industry and only I was the one who loved him. He pretended to weep, and put his head on my lap. Then when he was getting up he kissed me forcefully. I was shocked and left that day,” she continued.

“The next day in office he said lovers have tiffs. And I should just get on with work. I had no other job, no financial security, no family. I let it go cos I was scared and I told only the first AD and my two other girl friends who I don’t want to name bcos they have their own cross to bear with him as he tried things with them as well,” the messages continued.

“One evening after a music session it became late again and he decided to have a drink. He used to love whiskey. His driver Babu used to have a ready stash in the car. No one used to check. He gave me a drink as well it was spiked. After that I remember getting into his car and I thought he was dropping me home. But he made Babu drive to Lonavala. I was in and out of consciousness but I remember clearly and I swear on my child that I asked him where are we going and please take me home. He took me to Fariyas hotel. He said he went there regularly to write. They always had a suite available for him. I was wobbly but he held me n took me to the suite. He took off my jeans and he mounted me. I was trying to scream but he put his hand over my mouth. I was also not very lucid bcos of the drug in my drink. So I cried and passed out. Next morning remember he had ordered some toast and was having breakfast when I woke up. The sofas were red and musty. The sunlight streamed in from the windows to my right. I vomited,” the accuser continued.

“He dropped me home. I took a few days off and a person from his team called to say I wouldn’t be paid for the month if I quit now. So I went back to work and gave my resignation a week later.”

The accuser said that after that “I’ve never seen him or spoken to him” but “once he was shooting somewhere n I was traveling with some friends along that route n we briefly spurred on the sets. The entire crew knew me. But I was so uncomfortable that I left immediately. These things never go away. But hey it happened to me too.”

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Activist GD Agarwal, on fast for 114 days for a clean Ganga, dies in Rishikesh

Prof. G. D. Agarwal dies in efforts to save the Ganga

Environment activist dies during hunger strike while UN gives environment award to the Jumla King.

Prof. G. D. Agarwal, who has been on an indefinite fast since 22nd June demanding effective action to clean Ganga, has died of a cardiac arrest at the age of 86.

Dr. Agarwal refused to take water two days ago, as none of the State Governments of the Gangetic basin, the Central Environment Ministry, the Water Resources Ministry or the Prime Minister’s Office did anything at all to respond to his Sathyagraha and take action to clean the Ganga and save her for posterity. Dr. Agarwal also demanded government must stop construction of hydroelectric projects along the river’s tributaries and enact the Ganga Protection Management Act to ensure the river has a chance to come back to life.

Dr. Agarwal has served as a faculty member of IIT Kanpur, guided the Central Pollution Control Board as Member Secretary in taking tough action against industrial and urban polluters, and ensure our rivers flow free and healthy. He inspired thousands by his ascetic life and dedication to environmental causes.

Dr. Agarwal has died due to the callousness of the Government not taking action to stop the river’s pollution. He has also died due to the unwillingness of the Judiciary to enforce multiple rulings about tackling the river’s pollution. From the high reaches of the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, this mighty river is being intensely polluted and and its watershed extensively destroyed. Yet, no one has gone to jail.  But the one man who gave everything he could to save the river, has now been put to death.

We must force the Government to take immediate steps to stop destroying the Ganga, and all other rivers.  The Indian Government is seriously compromising the nation’s ecological, economic and health security by promoting reckless dam building, over extraction of water, deforestation, wanton industrial and urban pollution, sand mining, river linking, and promoting land-use changes destroying riverine watersheds. This must end.

Environment Support Group had the privilege of hosting Dr. Agarwal in August 2002 in delivering lectures in a workshop on “Judicial Enforcement of Environmental Law”, co-hosted by Karnataka Judicial Academy.

Lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan tweeted to say GD Agarwal’s pleas to clean Ganga were not acted upon. “GD Agarwal, our leading environmentalist who fasted 109 days to save the Ganga, was forcibly picked up by the Uttarakhand police&hospitalized yesterday.He passed away today after his pleas to save the Ganga fell on Modi’s deaf years. RIP Dear Sir. This world is not for pure souls (SIC)” Mr Bhushan tweeted.

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Raghu Dixit Accused of Sexual Harassment by Two Women; Singer Apologises

Singer Raghu Dixit on Wednesday tweeted that the account of the person levelling allegations against him was mostly accurate but he is not a predator.

Raghu Dixit Accused of Sexual Harassment by Two Women; Singer Apologises
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Chennai: Singer Raghu Dixit, who is the latest to be accused of misconduct in the #MeToo movement, said Wednesday that the account of the person levelling allegations against him was mostly accurate but he is not a predator.

The singer said he “completely misread” the situation and had immediately apologised to the person concerned and will do so again in private.

Dixit, the frontman for the Raghu Dixit Project, a multilingual folk music band, was accused of sexual harassment by an anonymous woman, whose account was shared by a fellow singer, Chinmayi Sripaada on Twitter.

The woman, who called the musician “among the top predators”, said Dixit once molested her at a recording.

“Many years ago, I was called to his studio for a recording and he started talking ill about his wife (like most married men do) His wife is a wonderful human being.

“When we got done with an ad-hoc recording, he pulled me closer and asked me to give him a kiss when he was signing my cheque.. Later at the door, he tried to carry me and I ran down crying…” the screenshot shared by Sripaada read.

Chinmayi Sripaada

@Chinmayi

From a co-singer, a friend. I believe her.
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Dixit, in his lengthy statement shared on Twitter, said Sripaada should not be attacked for sharing the story as she was only standing up for others.

“I remember the incident that Chinmayi’s post refers to. I know who the person in question is and I have apologised to her in the past and apart from this public apology, will do so again privately.

“This incident did happen but not entirely like it was described. It was completely silly misjudgement on my part. I gave the person a hug and that led me to trying to kiss her before she stopped and left from my studio. She then texted me and told me that she did not like my behaviour and I apologised profusely for what I did,” Dixit said.

He said he and his wife, with whom he is separated now, were in a bad space at the time and in the discussion with the singer, he did talk about his personal life.

“… I definitely sought comfort. This person was incredibly sweet and sympathetic to what I said and I completely misread the situation.

“Am I a predator? Definitely not. Did I lure this singer or any other with a chance to sing for a movie? Not at all. This singer had already finished singing the song. Did I speak ill of my wife? No, but I did vent out that we were in a bad place.”

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Raghu Dixit@Raghu_Dixit

Here is my detailed response to the anonymous statement against me. I apologise for any wrong doing on my part and will do what it takes to correct it.
I have complete faith in my integrity and I have been as true to myself as I can be with this response.

Barely minutes before Dixit issued his statement, Sripaada shared another anonymous account of a woman who described how he propositioned her by narrating a sob story about his wife.

“Once he called me home to make me listen to new tunes for his movie and wanted my opinion on the same. While we were in his studio he shared his sob story and then while he was playing his tune, he asked me to sit on his lap so I could listen closely. I politely told him to take a walk. Finally, he realised nothing was happening, the screenshot, shared by Sripaada said.

The woman said the next time Dixit called her, she went with her boyfriend. She claimed other women have confided in her about Dixit’s alleged repeated behaviour.

Chinmayi Sripaada

@Chinmayi

From a co-singer, a friend. I believe her.
Raghu Dixit – Your pic.twitter.com/gzgwy6Io9e

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Dixit is yet to respond to the second post.

Sripaada was one of the first women from the South Indian film industry to accuse Vairamuthu of harassment when they were both in Switzerland for an event in 2005-06. After her account became public, several other women have come up with their stories against the Tamil poet-lyricist

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Singer Sona Mohapatra accuses Kailash Kher and Anu Malik of sexual harassment #MeToo

Singer Sona Mohapatra, in an interview with us, has revealed that she faced harassment at the hands of music composer Anu Malik. On Wednesday night, she had called out Malik publicly (on Instagram), for harassing her. Now the 42-year-old singer has given out details of various incidents, which include Malik repeatedly calling her at unearthly hours and calling her “maal” in front of her husband Ram Sampath.

“The first time I met Anu Malik was in October 2006 for the rehearsals of MTV Lycra Style Awards. He invited both Ram and me for lunch at the ITC Grand Maratha, since he had worked with Ram as a youngster. (Malik) didn’t know we were married and the moment I went to the rest room, he made a lewd comment — ‘Kya Maal hai Sampath’,” alleges Mohapatra.

“Subsequently, Anu (Malik) used to call up randomly, at strange hours, leave missed calls or once in a while, if I picked up, [he would] awkwardly talk incessantly about strange things. I stopped taking his calls because I felt [there was] no need to tolerate this for the hope of singing a song for him. [It] was in 2007 – 2008. It’s been really long and I just remember feeling awkward and uncomfortable,” she adds.

When contacted, Ram Sampath, who is also a music composer, concurred that Anu Malik used to call his wife at uncordial hours and confirmed he referred to her as “maal” at the said event in 2006.

“In 2011, Ram was a music director on a Yash Raj film, Luv Ka The End. A very talented singer, Suman Sridhar, sang a song titled Tonight. Anu (Malik) loved her singing and asked for her number. Our studio passed it on thinking it would benefit her career. Sridhar started calling me with tales of persistent calls, messages and harassment from Anu at strange hours. She is a girl close to his [Malik] daughter’s age, not that age has ever mattered. I did my best to advise her, but beyond a point, I didn’t know what to do, so I told her just to avoid him,” recalls Mohapatra.

“I remember Sridhar telling me that she was worried about her security because she used to get calls from unknown numbers from him and did not know which ones to avoid,” she adds.

When asked if she plans to file a legal complaint about the same, Mohapatra informs, “No. I would have to file too many, if this is a trigger to file a complaint.”

IANS

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Actor Emraan Hashmi to include a sexual harassment clause in his contracts from now on #MeToo

Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi, who will be seen next in the upcoming film Cheat India, reacted to the MeToo campaign and emphasised on the importance of having a sexual harassment clause in contracts.

Emraan Hashmi supports the MeToo campaign

Emraan Hashmi supports the MeToo campaign  |  Photo Credit: Instagram

Emraan Hashmi on including a sexual harassment clause in his contract and that of his crew, which will safeguard women, while men will be forewarned to not cross the

Even as more skeletons tumble out of the #MeToo closet, Emraan Hashmi informs Mirror that from his conversations with lawyers and his own experiences on agreements with different production houses, he has decided to add a sexual harassment clause to his contracts from now on, along with other clauses relating to confidentiality and termination. While he has yet to work out the modalities and legalities, the actor asserts that the clauses incorporate the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Act, 2013.

“Such clauses are already in contracts in several industries, including MNCs. No film production company has enforced it so far, but with the #MeToo movement that started a decade ago, picking up steam in the West last year and inching towards India, with someone being outed almost every hour on the social media, such clauses have become imperative. In my company at least, it will include both male and female cast and crew members,” says the actor who has recently jumped into production and collaborated with Bhusan Kumar, Atul Kasbekar and Tanuj Garg on a film on education scams, Cheat India.

Pointing out that there’s still some amount of confusion about what amounts to sexual harassment, with several companies in the West having their own laws, a certain amount of anxiety has crept into a large section of the male population with reactions being very subjective. “For some women, a mildly flirtatious remark could be tantamount to sexual harassment. Men are on tenterhooks because what is said in jest, can be misconstrued and one could be fried. In the circumstances, lying down a universal moral code on the film set, dictated by the government’s guidelines, is the need of the hour. This will safeguard the interests of women and men will be forewarned so they don’t cross the line,” Emraan reasons.

The movement has already displaced big names like Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby in the West, and with more and more women speaking up on the social media, the press picking up their stories and putting it out in the public domain, the #MeToo tsumani is sweeping the world. Pointing out that ours is a maledominated society, the actor-filmmaker reasons that misogyny is not just hatred and hostility towards women, it’s also about rewarding those who maintain the status quo while controlling and punishing those who challenge male dominance. “In this scenario, this movement is a great start. It’s our moral responsibility to protect women who have been at the receiving end for way too long but while most of the voices are speaking the truth, along with devious men, there are devious women with agendas too, who can use it against a man who has ticked them off in the past,” he says.

Reiterating that anyone in a position of power who uses it to exploit someone, is guilty of sexual harassment, he says that while it’s only right that the law favours a woman and protects her, there is need for some correction or revision because with men could also be vulnerable. “If there are male bosses, there are female bosses too,” he argues.

Actors are even more vulnerable since a dance move, an intimate scene or even an on-screen kiss can put them at a risk. Is that cause for worry? “No, I don’t expect any surprises because I have only ever done what the script demanded and what the director wanted. There was always a clear and open dialogue with the writer, director and my co-star before an intimate scene during which the duration and aesthetics would be discussed. If the lady had a problem, we would try to resolve it. If she was still uncomfortable, I would suggest we remove it. Even if it was okay with her, we would first agree on what was required before the shot was taken so there was no way I would do something out of line and not on the page,” he informs, pointing out that on a film set, the woman is always a minority, surrounded by a 100 men behind the camera, all physically stronger than her. “It’s tough on her and plays on her psyche which is why it’s important that we are sensitive and empathetic to her. A woman knows when a man is out of line.”

Should a woman, who he has known for years, come to him with a sexual harassment case, what would be his advice? “I’d back her and urge her to speak up because by being silent she is adding to her trauma and the person is free to exploit 10 others down the line. Nothing remains behind closed doors anymore. Everyone is accountable and has to abide by the law,” he asserts.

Down the years, many relationships have blossomed in the workplace. But will this movement mean the end of office romance?

“I don’t think so, we’ve not reached such a darak place yet. Romance can never die. But yes, men will be more cautious now, test the waters before they dive in. Sometimes they can get pushy, and that’s the problem. The body never lies. If a touch or a hug feels creepy, you know there’s something amiss,” he warns.

Would he be interested in making a film on the subject? “If I can get a good script… I’m interested in things that are relevant and rooted in reality,” he concludes.

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Media Owner Raghav Bahl’s Noida Home, ‘The Quint’ Office Raided By Taxmen

Raghav Bahl, in a statement to the Editor’s Guild, said: “I have a matter of great concern to share with the Guild. While I was in Mumbai this morning, dozens of IT officials descended on my residence and The Quint’s office for a ‘survey’.”

Media Owner Raghav Bahl's Noida Home, 'The Quint' Office Raided By Taxmen

Raghav Bahl is the founder of the Quint news portal and the Network18 group.

NEW DELHI: 

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Tax raids were conducted in connection with “tax evasion”: Report
  2. Will provide access to all appropriate financial documents: Raghav Bahl
  3. Mr Bahl is the founder of the Quint news portal and the Network18 group

Leading media owner Raghav Bahl’s home and the office of his news portal “The Quint” in Noida were raided this morning by Income Tax officials.

Raghav Bahl, in a statement to the Editor’s Guild, said: “I have a matter of great concern to share with the Guild. While I was in Mumbai this morning, dozens of IT officials descended on my residence and The Quint’s office for a ‘survey’.”

Stating that he was heading back to Delhi, Mr Bahl stressed, “We are a fully tax compliant entity, and will provide all access to all appropriate financial documents.”

He said he had spoken to the officer on his premises and requested him, strongly, to not try and pick up or see any mail or document that was likely to contain very serious or sensitive journalistic material. “If they do that, then we shall seek extremely strong recourse. I do hope the EG (Editor’s Guild) will back us on this, and thereby set a precedent for any such exercise that may happen on any other journalistic entity in the future. They should also not misuse their smartphones to take unauthorised copies of this material.”

Mr Bahl also said that his wife and mother were confined to their home and were not being allowed to speak to anybody. “I have got little else to go on right now,” he said in a statement to the media.

Expressing concern over the raids, the Editors Guild of India, in a statement, said, “While the tax administration is within its rights to make inquiries in compliance with the relevant laws, it should not exercise those powers in a way that could be seen as intimidation of the government’s critics. The Guild believes that motivated income tax searches and surveys will seriously undermine media freedom and the government should desist from such attempts.”

News agency Press Trust of India quoted officials as saying that the searches were in connection with “tax evasion”. Searches are being carried out on a few more people as part of the Income Tax Department’s investigation of tax evasion by business professionals, PTI said.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, asked about the raids and whether they were an attempt to suppress the media, said: “We believe in freedom of press and democratic values. If any media house is involved in corruption, they have to answer.”

Raghav Bahl, one of the biggest names in Indian media, is the founder of The Quint and the Network18 group.

Concern and anger over the raids reflected in multiple tweets on social media.

Senior journalist Shekhar Gupta expressed serious concern, saying the raids looked like intimidation of media critical to the government.

Shekhar Gupta

@ShekharGupta

I.T raids on @TheQuint offices and its founder @Raghav_Bahl home are cause for serious concern. Taxman has the right to ask all questions, but raids look like intimidation. If there is justification, govt must explain quickly. Or it will be seen as targeting critical media.

Journalist Ashutosh, who quit the Aam Aadmi Party recently, tweeted: “Raghav is one of the most credible media personalities. Now he is paying the price for being anti-establishment, criticising Modi Government.”

(With inputs from Agencies)

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Haryana- Self-Styled Godman Rampal Convicted In 2 Murder Cases

Rampal was arrested in 2014 after his 12-acre ashram in Hisar was stormed by policemen. His followers were armed with stones, batons and guns.

Self-Styled Godman Rampal Convicted In 2 Murder Cases By Haryana Court

Rampal heads a sect that worships the 15th-century poet and mystic Kabir.

NEW DELHI: Self-styled godman Rampal was convicted in two cases of murder by a court in Haryana today. High security is in place in Hisar district, 183 km from Delhi, with prohibitory orders issued.

Rampal and 27 of his followers were charged with murder and wrongful confinement after four women and a child were found dead in his Satlok Ashram in Barwala in Hisar on November 19, 2014.

The sentencing will take place on October 16 and 17.

Officials in Haryana had said they had taken adequate measures to maintain law and order.  Around 2,000 police personnel have been deployed.

Rampal was arrested in 2014 after his 12-acre ashram in Hisar was stormed by policemen. His followers were armed with stones, batons and guns. The days-long siege included Rampal using devotees as human shields.

In August last year, he was found not guilty of illegally confining thousands of followers and obstructing officials in 2014 when they stormed his ashram. Six people were killed as his devotees turned into a private army to prevent his arrest; hundreds were injured.

Rampal heads a sect that worships the 15th-century poet and mystic Kabir, known for a message of tolerance that is followed by people of varied faiths.

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(With inputs from PTI)

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Kaneez Surka Accuses Aditi Mittal of Forcefully Kissing Her; She Says ‘I’m Sorry, It Was a Joke’

In a long post on Twitter, Kaneez alleged that Aditi, who has been actively backing women’s voices in the wake of the MeToo movement, forcefully kissed her on the mouth.

Kaneez Surka Accuses Aditi Mittal of Forcefully Kissing Her; She Says 'I'm Sorry, It Was a Joke'
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Stand-up comedian Kaneez Surka has accused fellow colleague and popular comic Aditi Mittal of sexually harassing her when the former was hosting a show at Mumbai’s Andheri Base in 2016. Hours later, Aditi wrote an apology while justifying the act as a “joke”.

In a long post on Twitter, Kaneez alleged that Aditi, who has been actively backing women’s voices in the wake of the MeToo movement, forcefully kissed her on the mouth.

“I need to tell my story as it happened to me. Two years ago, at a comedy show I was hosting at Andheri Base, in the presence of an audience of 100 and many comedians, Aditi Mittal walked up on stage and forcefully kissed me on my mouth out of the blue and put her tongue in my mouth, while I was still on stage and without my consent,” Kaneez wrote.

She continued, “It left me humiliated, shocked and completely stripped of choice. Every person is entitled to choice and boundaries and she violated mine. While I mustered the courage to reach out to her a year ago, she first apologised but soon turned hostile towards me, leaving me confused and hurt.”

Kaneez further said, “Seeing her name all over Twitter as a champion of the cause has been triggering me immensely. Out of my belief that the opportunity to reform is the only way forward, yesterday, once again, I spoke to her through a mutual friend and requested her to come out with a public apology and save me the pain of having to reveal my identity.”

Kaneez also said that when she had finally mustered the courage and reached out to Aditi last year to talk about the incident, the latter “first apologised” but soon “turned hostile.”

Kaneez demanded a public apology from Aditi for violating her consent.

Soon, Aditi took to Twitter to say that it was “a peck on the lips (there was no tongue) as a joke as a part of the act”. She added that the two had discussed the matter earlier and sorted it out, but since Kaneez is asking for a public apology, she will oblige.

Aditi ended the post with “Kaneez, I am sorry”

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Four women accuse Suhel Seth of sexual assault #MeToo campaign

Filmmaker accuses Suhel Seth of sexual assault

At least four women, including one who said she was a minor at the time of the alleged incident, have accused Seth, 55, of sexual harassment — two of them have made specific allegations of sexual assault

Written by Anushree Majumdar , Somya Lakhani |

Filmmaker accuses Suhel Seth of sexual assault

Suhel Seth, who has 4.8 million followers on Twitter, founded the consultancy firm Counselage India in 2002. (Express Photo by Renuka Puri/File)Celebrity consultant Suhel Seth is the latest name on the growing list of men who stand accused of sexual harassment by women in the #MeToo movement sweeping Indian media, film and entertainment. At least four women, including one who said she was a minor at the time of the alleged incident, have accused Seth, 55, of sexual harassment — two of them have made specific allegations of sexual assault.

On Wednesday afternoon, filmmaker Natashja Rathore, 27, posted screenshots of a WhatsApp message she sent to Seth this week recounting an alleged incident that took place “some time last year at his condo in Gurgaon”.

In the message, she wrote: “You shoved your tongue down my throat even when I resisted — I whacked your head and said ‘behave yourself’. You put your hand into my kurta and grabbed my breast and I remember whacking your hand too and pulling it off.”

Speaking to The Indian Express, Rathore said, “I met him at a party where my boss asked me to ‘go say hi to him, and get him to tweet’. He asked me to come to Janpath with him for ice cream, I refused twice but since he insisted, I sat with him in his car. We didn’t go to Janpath, he took me to his house instead.”

 

In her message to Seth, Rathore wrote: “…over time, I have learnt how to ‘manage’ you but no woman should ever have to ‘manage’ the misuse of power and ‘manage’ being sexually assaulted.”

Seth, who has 4.8 million followers on Twitter, founded the consultancy firm Counselage India in 2002. When contacted by The Indian Express Wednesday night, Seth said he was “issuing a statement on Twitter in 10 minutes”. However, he was yet to do so at the time of going to press with only a retweeted blood donation plea on his timeline since then.

In the evening, 33-year-old journalist Mandakini Gahlot, who has worked at The Indian Express, described an alleged incident involving Seth at the 12th Regulators’ and Policymakers’ Retreat held at the Taj-Fort Aguada Beach Resort and the Taj Holiday Village in Goa from July 13-17, 2011.

 

She posted on Twitter that Seth reached out when she was saying bye to the group. “I figured for a quick hug — and (he) planted a big sloppy kiss on my mouth, I felt his tongue inside my mouth. I was so stunned and I said something like ‘Suhel, you can’t do that’,” she posted.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Gahlot said she remembered how Seth and the rest of the group “laughed” in response to her shock. “When I was writing this tweet, I couldn’t help but recall what Dr Christine Blassey Ford had said (while describing an alleged incident of assault by US Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh) about remembering the laughter,” she said.

Gahlot also tweeted why she did not lodge a formal complaint against Seth. “I was too young, trying desperately to rise in my career and Suhel was just too powerful to take on,” she posted. The first account to come out against Seth was on Tuesday by a 26-year-old woman in Mumbai, and shared on Twitter by her friend. When contacted, she said Seth had sent her “inappropriate messages” in August 2010 “when I was a 17-year-old girl”.

 

“What was most disturbing was when he wrote: ‘Join me in my room for (the girl’s) birthday celebrations’. At the end of the conversation, he wrote ‘big wild kiss’. I was shocked and took my mother to the washroom where I showed her these messages. She asked me to deactivate the account or block Seth. I did both. I was so disgusted,” the woman said.

Another woman, a 31-year-old in Mumbai, told The Indian Express on condition of anonymity that she met Seth at a popular restaurant and bar in the city last year. “He knew my father well, and I had met him in Delhi with my father, who is no more. I went up to him to say Hi…he was sweet at first. The conversation soon shifted to sex and online dating. Then he put his arm around my waist, which was uncomfortable. He messaged me about his Mumbai plans a few days later and kept inviting me to his room…I didn’t go, it sounded fishy,” she said

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