#MeToo, Now talk of town

Rahul on #MeToo: Truth needs to be told loud and clear for change :

Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s first response on the #MeToo movement sweeping the country and singing the government with multiple complaints of sexual harassment against Union Minister and former journalist MJ Akbar.
Yesterday, during a presser on Rafale and allegations that there was something fishy about Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s sudden visit to Paris to the Dassault plant, Rahul steered clear of answering questions on Akbar, saying while the #MeToo movement was very important he would address the issue at a separate press conference. A day on, Rahul tweeted his support saying, “Its about time everyone learns to treat women with respect and dignity.  Im glad the space for those who don’t, is closing. The truth needs to be told loud and clear in order to bring about change.”

#MeToo: Tata Motors corp comm chief sent on leave:  After creating a ripple in the Indian media sector, the #Metoo movement has found resonance in the Indian corporate sector with Tata Motors taking cognizance of the complaint against its corporate communications chief Suresh Rangarajan.

Fiscal Channel reported, that in a statement released on October 11, Tata Motors said: “At Tata Motors, we have always striven to ensure a respectful and safe workplace for everyone. Any allegations are investigated and appropriate action is taken immediately. This matter has already been taken up for investigation by the Internal Complaints Committee, set up as per law. Any such behaviour is against the Tata code of conduct and appropriate action will be taken as soon the enquiry is completed.”

The issue came to light when screenshots were shared on Twitter alleging that Rangarajan harassed young female employees.

#MeToo: Sajid Khan steps down as director Housefull 4:   Director Sajid Khan steps down as director of Housefull 4 after allegations of sexual harassment.

Three women have spoken about the harassment they faced at the hands of Sajid. These include actor Rachel White, assistant director Saloni Chopra and a journalist.

Sajid Khan tweeted, “In the wake of the allegations against me & the pressure being put on my family, my producer and the stars of my film Houseful4, i must take the moral responsibility of stepping down from my directorial post, till the time i can allay the allegations and prove the truth. I request my friends in the media to kindly not pass judgment till the truth is out.”

Just ahead of Khan stepping down, Akshay Kumar has cancelled the shoot of Housefull 4. The actor confirmed so on Twitter.

“I’ve just landed back in the country last night and reading a (the news has been very disturbing. I’ve requested the producers of Housefull 4 to cancel the shoot until further investigation. This is something that requires stringent action. I will not work with any proven offenders and all those who have been subjugated to harassment should be heard and given the justice they deserve,” Akshay said.

All Sajid Khan’s victims have revealed their identity to the media and spelt out details of how they were harassed by Khan, the brother of choreographer-director Farah Khan, and director of films such as Humshakals, Himmatwala and Heyy Baby.

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