‘Not the Least Bit Intimidated’: Journalist Vidya Krishnan Responds to Gaurav Sawant’s Defamation Notice
In a story published in the Caravan, senior journalist Vidya Krishnan had accused Gaurav Sawant of sexual assault.
I shared my story to shine a light on the inequities faced by young female journalists in Indian newsrooms, at the hands of their powerful colleagues. My hope in providing this account is that another generation of talented female reporters should not have to dramatically alter their careers due to everyday sexism, sexual harassment and outright sexual violence faced in the newsroom.
Since last week, while I relive this trauma in front of the entire world, I have been accused of acting out of malice. Nothing can be farther from the truth.
The account published in the Caravan is an accurate representation of what happened. It was independently verified by a reporter, after talking to those who corroborated the story I had shared. It is the reality and I stand by every word of it.
It is my hope that women, who enjoy the same rights as men as guaranteed by our Constitution, are treated equally and fairly, so we can go on reach our full potential without having to negotiate sexual violence and abuse at every turn.
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.