Thoughts on a conversation on sexual harassment in the arts, and making sense of traumas buried in the past
An asymmetrical distribution of power between the student and the teacher in the Indian arts — especially in the classical performing arts — makes this sphere vulnerable to incidents of sexual abuse, thereby rendering systemic reform not just crucial, but indispensable to the progress of the disciplines.
A #MeToo case highlights how 'due process' may shortchange and re-traumatise survivors who speak out
In cases of sexual harassment, ‘due process’ is held up as a kind of golden ideal. But how does it translate into practice? If an organisation is committed to social justice and human rights, does this automatically make its own workplaces egalitarian or safe? And what does a complainant do when due process has failed her? These are among the questions development sector professional Shivani Lal confronted after filing a complaint of sexual harassment against a former colleague, Mathew Jacob, in October 2018.
MJ Akbar defamation case: Ex-minister accuses Priya Ramani of knowingly tarnishing his reputation; next hearing on 17 March
Former Union minister MJ Akbar told a Delhi court on saturday that journalist Priya Ramani had defamed him with full knowledge that her actions would harm his reputation
MJ Akbar-Priya Ramani defamation case: Journalist Ghazala Wahab denies of acting in malice against the former Union Minister
Journalist and author Ghazala Wahab denied a suggestion from advocate Geeta Luthra, Akbar's counsel, which said that she had maliciously concocted a fictional story about her sexual harassment to malign the reputation of Akbar.
MJ Akbar-Priya Ramani defamation case: Journalist Ghazala Wahab gives statement in court; recounts harassment at Asian Age by the former Union Minister
Journalist and author Ghazala Wahab appeared before the Court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vishal Pahuja on 10 December regarding the criminal defamation case filed by former Union Minister MJ Akbar against journalist Priya Ramani who had accused him of sexual harassment in 2018.
Mahima Kukreja on Utsav Chakraborty allegations: 'Campaign to malign me, women who spoke up, #MeToo movement'
In a statement responding to Utsav Chakaborty's recent allegations that the #MeToo accusations against him were falsified, Mahima Kukreja says, "Even after publicly and privately admitting to his predatory behaviour, Utsav is making baseless allegations after more than a year."
As Utsav Chakraborty calls #MeToo allegations 'fabricated'; Mahima Kukreja says he needs to own up, apologise
Utsav Chakraborty spoke with Firstpost about countering the 'fabricated' accusations that were made against him by Mahima Kukreja and others during the second wave of the #MeToo movement last October. Kukreja responded with a statement asking the former AIB collaborator to own up and apologise.
Subodh Gupta defamation case: Delhi HC allows interim anonymity to Instagram handle that aired allegations against artist
On 18 November, the Single Bench of Justice Sahai Endlaw declared that the interim anonymity of the said Instagram account would continue until the Subodh Gupta case reaches a stage where the hearing is on the merits.
A year after #MeToo's second wave, systemic change eludes Hindi TV industry, but attitudinal shift in evidence
Post #MeToo, mandated workplace mechanisms like ICs are yet to be instituted, but members of the Hindi TV industry say there’s greater awareness about harassment-related issues and the possibility of redressal
#MeToo: Contestant of Comedy Central India show alleges executives harassed her at wrap party; company refers case to IC
Stand-up comedian Snigdha Jain tweeted an allegation of harassment against senior executives associated with the Comedy Central show, Project Comedy, on 6 November 2019.
Indian art world's #MeToo reckoning: Forging an equitable future demands a sisterhood of feminist killjoys
At this crucial moment, sisterhood, through solidarity, is the only ethical force that can truly serve as worthy resistance to the art world’s unchecked oppressiveness.
MJ Akbar defamation case: Details of the interview were 'bizarre and inappropriate', Priya Ramani's witness tells the court
At the latest hearing of the defamation case filed by former Union Minister MJ Akbar against journalist Priya Ramani, on 25 October, Ramani's witness Niloufer Venkatraman gave her statement before the Court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal
Indian art world's #MeToo reckoning: Toxic patriarchal conditioning must be dismantled for true change
Patriarchal conditioning runs so deep within the Indian art world’s capitalist subconscious, it seems foundational to its identity. The ensuing void that exists in the place of empathy contributes to the industry’s toxicity.
A year of talking about #MeToo: What has changed in the internal lives of women since the movement's second wave?
What if we understand #MeToo not through where the outed men are, but through how it has affected women’s internal lives — our time, our work, our relationships?
#MeToo: Following backlash over Suhel Seth's participation, Inkpot India Conclave announces his 'inability' to attend
After 2018 MeToo allegations by multiple women, an announcement that Suhel Seth would be one of the speakers at the Inkpot India Conclave was faced with outrage, following which he has dropped out, citing personal reasons.
Artist Subodh Gupta files defamation suit in Delhi HC against anonymous social media account that raised #MeToo allegations in 2018
Subodh Gupta files defamation suit against the Instagram handle @herdsceneand which had named him in anonymous #MeToo accounts
Keeping silent wouldn't have been the right thing to do, Priya Ramani tells court; concludes testimony in MJ Akbar defamation case
'I spoke the truth when I disclosed my experience of my first job interview,' said Priya Ramani, adding that it is important for women to speak up about sexual harassment at the workplace.
Priya Ramani details her encounter with MJ Akbar in defamation case, explains magazine article in Delhi court
At the court hearing today, Ramani said that after the #MeToo movement went under way in 2018, multiple women came out with allegations of sexual misconduct against Akbar and seeing all these women, she felt compelled to speak up about her experience with Akbar in 1993 and removed the anonymity that she had given him in her Vogue article and named him as the editor who had sexually harassed her.
Ishank Chibber was eight when he was gang-raped by adults he knew and trusted, and in the 'safe space' that was his home. Now 29, Ishank speaks with Surabhi Yadav in this three-part series, detailing his long road to recovering from the trauma. This account contains descriptions of sexual assault. Reader discretion is advised.
MJ Akbar diverting attention from misconduct through defamation case, Priya Ramani tells Delhi court
Journalist Priya Ramani told a Delhi court on Friday, 23 August, that ex-Union minister MJ Akbar had filed a "false and malicious case" against her to create a "chilling effect" among all women who spoke out about their experiences of sexual harassment at his hands.