A Twitter user on Saturday posted a couple of screen shots of private whatsapp messages between noted author Chetan Bhagat and an unknown girl. As per the tweet, these messages were sent somewhere in 2012-13.
— 🌈 Sheena (@weeny) October 6, 2018
Incidentally, the author has written several articles in the past on Women Empowerment, Women Safety in Society, etc. However, Bhagat took to Facebook today and apologised to the girl in question after social media platforms erupted questioning his act.
In a long Facebook post, Bhagat admitted that the screenshots of their conversation, which he had with the girl several years ago, were real. He has apologized to the girl if she had felt wrong when he was trying to flirt with her despite being a married person.
This is what Chetan Bhagat Expressed via his Facebook account :
I would like to make a couple of points about the screenshots that someone has shared just a couple of hours ago. It has taken me this much time because I saw them a bit late, and then I was in a conversation with Anusha. I am telling you all whatever I told her, which to my recollection is the truth.
But first of all, I am really sorry to person concerned. The screenshots, are of course real, and I am sorry if you felt they were wrong I hope you will accept my apology.
Just in terms of more information, these screenshots are several years old, and I had met the person in question a couple of times. We hit it off really well as a friendship, and as I say in the screenshots, I did feel a strong connection with her. I did find her a good human being, sweet, cute and funny (as I also say in the screenshots).
As I also say in the screenshots, I realized I was married and this was not about looking for any action. I just had not felt that kind of connection in a while. Maybe I was going through a phase, maybe these things just happen, or maybe I felt the person felt the same too based on our conversations (which I don’t need to repeat here). However, it was stupid of me, to feel that way and to even share that with her. I just told Anusha about it as well, and apologized to her for doing the same. I should have had better judgement, but I guess I erred a bit there. Maybe I misread the friendliness. Also, I am not completely sure because it was long ago, but the ‘wooing’ bit may have come from a conversation we had about how nobody woos anyone anymore and how sometimes one misses being wooed. My new book then was also about women (One Indian Girl) and we also discussed wooing and relationships in that context.
Also, I also want to clarify that there never was was nothing physical, no lewd pictures or words that were ever exchanged. I think I deleted the person’s number soon thereafter and we haven’t been in touch for years.
We do feel certain things sometimes, and I did too. I found this person special, and different from all others I had met. I shouldn’t have, and maybe I shouldn’t have shared it with that person in a private conversation either.
Once again, I am sorry to the person concerned, and of course most of all to Anusha. I hope you can forgive me.
For everyone’s information, am running this response past Anusha first, to ensure she is okay with it.
The #MeToo Movement reached India’s media industry as well.
The angry Indian women came out on Twitter and described how they have been sexually harassed by ‘renowned’ people. With horrific stories of journalists, corporates and members of film fraternity pouring in, this looks like India’s own #Metoo movement.
I can't use my original handle as that would give away the identities of the victims. I know of three women and none of them wish to be identified. They also tell me there are several more.
So, this is about a journalist called Joydeep Ray, who worked with NDTV 24*7 #MeToo
— unwokemedia (@unwokemedia) October 5, 2018
While speaking at the India Today Conclave East 2018, filmmaker Pooja Bhatt too revealed that once a male friend grabbed her breast at an airport.
Pooja said, “You’re imagining an enemy out there when the enemy will be sitting right next to you.”
She further emphasised that the women need to be smart, aware every time and to be able to confront their offenders.
Soon after another Twitter user called out an Indian comic and YouTuber Utsav Chakraborty on Thursday, accusing him of online sexual misconduct, Mumbai Police tweeted today, asking the girl in question to register an FIR against the alleged. However, she deleted her tweet soonafter and the reason for the same is unknown.
Hello, Ms Mahima, We have been waiting to hear from you since last two days. Please understand that till the time you lodge a complaint, we cannot initiate legal action. Request you to do the same or reply to us on DM to let us know if you need any assistance @AGirlOfHerWords https://t.co/1Cud8Wa0Zq
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) October 6, 2018
The women confronted senior journalists who had harassed them at some point. Male journalists who are a part of mainstream media houses were named and shamed publicly.
Anoo Bhuyan, a reporter of an independent news website, The Wire, alleged that a fellow journalist who is a principal correspondent of Business Standard India, had approached her with indecent intentions.