#MeToo in India: Suhel Seth's talk at CEO forum cancelled amidst sexual harassment allegations

The Twitter handle MeTooIndia called into question on the social media platform whether Melange Curations' decision to invite writer and marketing expert Suhel Seth as a speaker at a CEO forum was made with full knowledge of the allegations of sexual harassment that have surfaced against him over the last few months. Seth had been invited by Melange, an 'Ideas and Events Forum', to speak at The Ivy League CEO forum scheduled to take place in January at Indore. However, according to Melange Curations, the event featuring Seth has been withdrawn in light of the sexual misconduct allegations. A representative at the events firm said that while the CEO forum will continue as planned, Seth's talk stands cancelled.

Over the course of the last two months, as many as five women have spoken up against Seth including filmmaker and entrepreneur Natashja Rathore, journalist Mandakini Gahlot, and writer Ishita Yadav. Rathore had reportedly posted screenshots of the messages that she had sent Seth detailing the incident and added that she had decided to speak up in the "current climate where every woman is talking." Model Diandra Soares had also spoken out against Seth in a #MeToo story shared to her Facebook page on 17 October 2018.

Gehlot too, recounted her accusations in a series of tweets referring to an event that occurred in August 2011 while she was freelancing, transcribing speeches at a conference in Goa.  According to a Times of India report, two other women who chose to remain anonymous had also accused Seth of sexual misconduct.

Tata Sons recently terminated their contract with the marketing consultant's firm Counselage and have not engaged with Seth since the #MeToo allegations broke out against him on Twitter.

Seth has, following these events reportedly gotten engaged to model Lakshmi Menon. The two had been seeing each other for around a year.

Updated Date: Dec 26, 2018 11:53:17 IST