#MeToo updates : Times of India’s KR Sreenivas resigns after multiple allegations against him
KR Sreenivas, a resident editor of Times of India Hyderabad has resigned after multiple women accused him of misconduct. Approximately seven women have detailed the incidents against him, that involved sending lewd messages, making sexual gestures, and mentally mentally torturing them. He was accused of isolating them if they complain, making their careers at huge risks, since he was at a higher position. This comes on the heels of the resignation of Hindustan Times’ Prashant Jha from his post as the Chief of Bureau due to the allegations of sexual misconduct.
KR Sreenivas, a resident editor of Times of India Hyderabad has resigned after multiple women accused him of misconduct.
TOI had sent KR Sreenivas on administrative leave on 9th October, in order to conduct investigation regarding the charges made against him. The petition made by these 7 women contained description of the case made against him. Journalist Sandhya Menon was the first one to speak against him through twitter. In her petition she describes how he did everything he could in his power to intimidate her till she refused to come back to work after her maternity leave.
Since I'm calling them out.
Let me tell you about @KRSreenivas who is currently resident editor @toi Hyderabad (I think) who offered to drop me back after a day's work.
We were about to launch Bangalore mirror back in 2008 and I had just moved to this city.
— Sandhya Menon (@TheRestlessQuil) October 5, 2018
In one more petition, he was accused of sending lewd jokes and messages of a sexual nature to a sub-editor in his bureau, Shatabdi Chakraborty. He would also call her late at night and tell her he loved her.
The Times Of India has mailed the employees regarding the case and assure them of full inquiry by an independent committee. ” In keeping with this commitment, the internal complaints committee of BCCL is looking into concerns that have been brought to our notice about KR Sreenivas.
The #MeToo movement is rapidly spreading across all industries. The bollywood, advertising and news industries are finally speaking up against harassment. Women from different spheres are feeling much more confident to raise their voices. However a lot of support is still needed to strengthen the movement.
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Rachna Chandira is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv