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Author Chetan Bhagat Accused Of Sexual Harassment By Two Women

He issued an apology after the first accusation, saying 'I was going through a phase.' Soon after, a second accusation surfaced.

The #MeToo campaign has taken social media by storm with women journalists publicly outing sexual predators in the media industry. Amidst several men who were named and shamed, two women have accused well-known author Chetan Bhagat of sexual harassment. 

The first accusation is by someone who chose to remain anonymous. The WhatsApp chat screenshots shows Bhagat insisting upon “woo her” and that he needs a “certain IQ”. 

Later, in a Facebook post, Bhagat confirmed that the screenshots were genuine and also apologised. He wrote, “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.”

Dear All,I would like to make a couple of points about the screenshots that someone has shared just a couple of hours…

Posted by Chetan Bhagat on Saturday, October 6, 2018

While Bhagat tried to pass this off as ‘a phase’, a second woman spoke up against his ‘creepy behaviour’.

Journalist Anushree Majumdar wrote a Facebook post that during a telephonic interview, Bhagat had demanded her to send a picture of her, and refused to answer her questions until she did. Majumdar says she complied and sent him a blurry picture, to which he replied “Oh tu badi cute hai.” Majumdar added that Bhagat has always been “a low-grade creep.”

In 2008, I had to interview Chetan Bhagat over email; this was a few months before the release of Three Mistakes of My…

Posted by Anushree Majumdar on Saturday, October 6, 2018

 Several other famous men working with ‘reputed’organisations, have been outed as ‘habitual’ predators, including author Kiran Nagarkar, retired judge Kolse Patil, singer Kailash Kher and cultural critic Sadanand Menon and AIB comic Gursimran Khamba.

Also Read: Media #MeToo: Women Professionals Are Speaking Up And The Internet Is Listening

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