Accusing KR Sreenivas Of Sexual Harassment, Seven Women Write To Times Of India Seeking His Immediate Termination
The petition details incidents where Sreenivas used his position of power to end careers of women he harassed.
Out of the 11 women who accused Times of India Hyderabad Resident Editor KR Sreenivas of sexual harassment, seven have written a petition to the management demanding Sreenivas’ immediate termination.
The seven signatories have attached proofs of sexual misconduct by the “serial predator”, including screenshots of lewd messages and pictures. The petition also details instances where Sreenivas used his power to end careers of women he harassed.
Journalist Sandhya Menon, in the petition, said, “In the case of Sandhya Menon, once she complained and he was informally informed of it (a violation of the Prevention of Sexual Harassment at the Workplace Act, and/or Vishakha guidelines, 1997 – as applicable) he did everything he could – in use of his power and authority as superior – to indirectly intimidate and traumatise her, till she refused to come back to work after her maternity leave,” The NewsMinute.
Another woman, who interned at the Goa bureau of ToI when Sreenivas was the Resident Editor, has written that the latter would constantly ask her out. “One time, he invited her to a party, and she agreed because other colleagues would be present. But he went on to dance suggestively and gyrated close to her suggestively by thrusting forward, making her uncomfortable. When he understood his advances were not welcome, he promptly isolated her professionally, ensuring her career got stuck in a rut,” the petition read.
Author Vani Saraswathi’s account shows how Sreenivas misused his position of power. “She worked with him at another media house, and from 1995, for a few years, he harassed her. She details how when she objected to him invading her space, she was reassigned to new beats, and isolated. The pattern is evident here — he isolates the young women who protest his behaviour, ensuring their careers too are stuck,” adds the petition.
Terming Sreenivas as “serial predator”, the signatories have demanded Sreenivas’ immediate termination from Bennett Coleman and Co. Ltd. (BCCL).
“His repeated predatory advances are an active threat to the psyche of women who work with him, as well as a massive deterrent to women journalists who come in with hopes and aspirations to pursue their passion. His vindictive lack of boundaries, and utter and complete disrespect of a woman as a person and as a colleague is a shocking disregard of everything that women expect from colleagues and superiors. His compulsive violation of women, their safety and peace of mind, his immense propensity to place women in extreme distress shouldn’t find even a shade of encouragement or ground to flourish and continue. This isn’t only in the interest of the women who have put their name behind this but also in the interest of all the women who may work with him in the future,” the petition read.