Has India’s #MeToo Movement Arrived?

James Kirk
Author James Kirk
Collection #StoriaNews

A year after the advent of the #MeToo movement in the United States, a raft of allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior is creating ripples in the Indian media and entertainment industries, and many are wondering whether the #MeToo movement has finally made its way into the world's largest democracy.

Several immediate effects have shaken up the industries, according to a CNN story. For instance, Bollywood production house, Phantom Films, has been dissolved after sexual harassment allegations against one of its co-founders.

A leading comedy team popular with young Indians was also shaken when one of its comedians faced harassment allegations. Also, in the media industry, allegations of inappropriate behavior saw a well-known Delhi-based political journalist lose his position pending an internal enquiry, according to reports.

Even a minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has been called out.

It all started late last month when former Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta spoke publicly about being harassed allegedly by a former co-star, Nana Patekar, in 2008.

58He was grabbing me by the arms

66My lawyers have told me not to speak to the media

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