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Accused Of Sexual Harassment, Prashant Jha Steps Down As Chief Of Bureau And Political Editor Of Hindustan Times

Jha's name surfaced as one of the several sexual predators in the Me Too campaign.

Prashant Jha stepped down as the Chief of Bureau and Political Editor of Hindustan Times with immediate effect after a former employee of the national daily accused Jha of sexual harassment.

According to HuffPost report, in an email sent to the staff, Hindustan Times Editor in Chief, R. Sukumar wrote, “Hi All, Prashant Jha has stepped down as the Chief of Bureau and Political Editor of Hindustan Times with immediate effect. The bureau will report to me for the time being.”

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Jha also wrote a letter to his editor saying, “There have been specific allegations against me – and my personal conduct – recently, which have raised moral questions about my conduct. In this backdrop, I believe it would be best for me to step down…”

Jha’s name surfaced as one of the several sexual predators in the Me Too campaign where Indian women journalists publicly called out their harassers.

A former employee of Hindustan Times accused Jha of making her feel “uncomfortable”. She said, “I enjoyed his work, we used to talk. His desk was in front of mine. I thought he was one of the better people in HT and respects my work.” The woman also shared screenshots of her conversation with Jha in which he had asked her out for lunch, reported FirstPost. 

Later, Jha confessed his love for her and even though she reminded him that he was a married man, he, however, continued with his misconduct. At one point he said, “I will back off,” but kept making the same comments. “The next day he sent me a sarcastic text saying ‘thanks for your sage advice’.” She quit the company in 2016 “tired of its boys’ club.”

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