[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he prominence of Twitter and other social media platforms in today’s world has given voice to many voiceless. With more and more women talking about their experience of falling prey to sexual predators, many renowned names from Bollywood have come up.
Veteran actor Rajat Kapoor is the latest member from the film industry to be called out for alleged sexual harassment on Twitter. Two women accused him of inappropriate behaviour, and the actor has apologised for ‘having slipped.’
The accounts were sent to a journalist Sandhya Menon, who has been posting #MeToo stories of her own, by two women who wished to remain anonymous. One of them, a journalist, detailed a telephonic interview in which Kapoor allegedly asked her if she was “as sexy as (she) sounds” and “tell me your vital stats.”
The second woman, an assistant director, revealed that the actor allegedly asked her to shoot with him in an empty house and called her incessantly from actor Saurabh Shukla’s phone. She also believes that Shukla was complicit.
After the allegations were made public on Twitter, Rajat Kapoor posted, “All my life I have tried to be a decent man, to do the right thing. If however, I have slipped and through my actions or words caused pain or hurt or trauma to absolutely anybody, please accept my apology.”
He apologised, “I am sorry from the bottom of my heart – and sad that I was the cause of this hurt to another human being. If there is one thing more important to me than even my work, it is to be a good human being. And I have tried to be that person. And now, I will try harder.”
In the recent wave of sexual harassment accusations, apart form actors and directors several senior journalists from renowned media houses have also been called out. Other than veteran actor Nana Patekar, director Queen Vikas Bahl and author Chetan Bhagat, AIB comedian Utsav Chakraborty was also accused of sexual harassment by various women.
Other than an ex-employee of Phantom films, actress Kangana Ranaut also accused Vikas Bahl of sexual misconduct.