TVF CEO Arunabh Kumar
Digital entertainment channel The Viral Fever (TVF) CEO Arunabh Kumar, who was booked for sexual harassment by Mumbai police, gets anticipatory bail from Mumbai court.
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Arunabh Kumar was accused by 50 women of sexual harassment since March 12. An anonymous blogpost kicked up a storm in the entertainment startup bubble and started a dialogue on sexual harassment of women in the workplace.
That blog opened a Pandora's box. Many other women made similar allegations against Kumar, some anonymously. As of March 15, there were 50 complaints.
On March 16, noted criminal lawyer Rizwan Siddiquee filed a third party complaint against Kumar, forcing the Mumbai Police — which until then only implored victims to come forward — to file a case.
Following this, the MIDC Police registered an FIR against Arunabh under sections 354 (A) and 509 of the IPC, which refer to unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures, a demand or request for sexual favours and insulting the modesty of a woman.
A month after alleging The Viral Fever founder Arunabh Kumar had sexually harassed her during her term of employment with the company in a blog post, the victim, who goes by the pseudonym of Indian Fowler, took to the website to claim she had finally registered an FIR against Kumar.