#MeToo: Raises heat on popular figures

Television and Film actor Alok Nath, who was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by several woman was expelled from Cine & TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA) on Tuesday. Flipkart CEO Binny Bansal also resigned from the post on Tuesday over a ‘serious personal misconduct’.

CINTAA released a statement announcing the same on Twitter.

 

As the #MeToo movement gained momentum in India, which brought to the front numerous stories of trauma, torture, indecency, discomfort, abuse and exploitation faced by women, at workplace and elsewhere, several influential people from sectors such as entertainment, journalism, business were called out on social media websites. Vinta Nanda shared her account of sexual misconduct by Alok Nath 19 years ago, as a Facebook post when the movement was at its peak.

 

His wife was my best friend. We were in and out of each other’s homes, we belonged to the same group of friends, most…

Posted by Vinta Nanda on Monday, October 8, 2018

 

Nanda alleged that Nath sexually assaulted her on more than one occasion after he was fired from the 1993 show for misbehaving with its lead actor, Navneet Nishan.

Since both Nanda and Alok Nath were members of CINTAA, the association sent a letter to the accused seeking an explanation on the allegation.

According to ANI, Nath has been asked to appear during the Annual General Meeting on May 1 and if he fails to appear for the same, he’ll be permanently expelled, said the Sr Joint Secretary of Committee of Cine and TV Artistes’ Association.

Reacting to the move, Vinta Nanda told The Quint, “It’s a very big step for an industry body to take and it’s a landmark and unprecedented step. It’s a great move in terms of establishing a system and sending a very clear message that everyone is accountable. No matter how late or early it is, if you are a part of an industry, you are accountable.”

Bansal’s resignation however came after a sexual harassment complaint was made by a former Flipkart employee against him two years ago. After finding no appropriate action being taken, the former employee approached Walmart Global in July this year. She wrote to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon explaining the incident.

“Bansal’s decision to quit came after an independent investigation done on behalf of Flipkart and Walmart into an allegation of serious personal misconduct,” said Flipkart and Walmart in a joint statement. Bansal, however, denied the allegation, according to the statement.

The investigation conducted by the global law firm could not corroborate the allegation. It did, however, surface a lack of transparency and inadequate disclosures on Bansal’s part, said a statement by Walmart.

The investigators concluded Bansal and the woman had a consensual affair, Bloomberg reported.