Varun Grover's message on molestation plaints against Vikas Bahl, Arunabh Kumar needs to be read
Lyricist and writer Varun Grover shared a message on Twiter, about the alleged molestation cases against TVF CEO Arunabh Kumar and Queen director and Phantom Productions co-founder Vikas Bahl.
While he referred to both of them as 'creeps' in a note posted on Twitter, he places the onus on everyone who has been an accomplice in the flourishing of patriarchy in society over the years. He blames organisational failures, people close to the alleged perpetrators who choose to remain silent and the systems at large "that normalise such behaviour either by condoning it or in some cases even rewarding it (boy-club machismo)."
He also narrates an experience of asking a female friend about how she goes back to her regular life after being groped or touched inappropriately time and again. While his question was met with a 'wry smile', he realised that he has himself been a perpetrator of such crimes by embracing the 'bro-code' of being silent about them.
He urged all his followers or anyone reading the note to be more aware, sensitive and feminist in their approach, especially in their outlook towards women.
Took me a while to frame my thoughts but silence is not an option. pic.twitter.com/MnW59AEMFH
— वरुण (@varungrover) April 9, 2017
Recently, one of Phantom Films’s female employees complained to the company's human resources department about sexual misbehaviour on the part of Bahl on a visit to Goa a couple of months earlier. These allegations against Bahl came in the wake of the TVF row, where its CEO Arunabh Kumar was accused of sexually harassing several women who worked with him. The controversy broke when an anonymous blog published under the moniker 'Indian Fowler' (a nod to Susan Fowler, whose Medium post about the toxic work culture at Uber had gone viral) was widely circulated here.