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#MeToo: Journalists Including Barkha Dutt Back Krishnan After Gaurav Sawant’s Defamation Notice

Sawant was also mocked for his action, with Siddharth Singh terming him “insecure”

Journalist Vidya Krishnan was hailed by her peers for her brave stand against the legal notice sent by India Today anchor Gaurav Sawant. In an article in the Caravan, Krishnan had alleged that Sawant had sexually assaulted her 15–years–ago when she was a cub reporter for the Pioneer.

Prominent voices soon lent support to Krishnan, including senior journalist Barkha Dutt.

Caravan editor Vinod K Jose wrote that Sawant’s notice “reads more like a procedural step  than anything,” and added that the Caravan is “happy to fight the case.”

Responding to Sawant’s defamation notice, Krishnan had said in her statement, “I am not the least bit intimidated by the threat if defamation — which appears to be the only remedy that powerful men, accused of inappropriate behaviour, take recourse to. I will fight defamation and I will make sure my truth is heard by all.”

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In addition to supporting Krishnan, many also slammed Sawant for trying to intimidate Krishnan into retracting the allegations she had levelled.

Some pointed out that Sawant’s actions were a result of ‘fear’ and ‘insecurity’.

After the Caravan article was published, another journalist, Kanika Gahlaut, also alleged that Sawant had sexually harassed her.

Following the publication of the story, Sawant had sent a defamation notice to Krishnan, Caravan magazine, and journalist Nikita Saxena who had reported the story.

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