India's #MeToo moment: Chetan Bhagat apologises after screenshots of WhatsApp messages go viral
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Recently, a tweet went viral which accused the famous Indian author Chetan Bhagat of sexual harassment. The tweet comprised of screenshots of the author's conversation with a journalist he 'knew only in professional capacity'.
For context the person in question is a journalist he had only met in a professional capacity. https://t.co/WDLY0vAmJ5— Sheena (@weeny) 1538821988000
In the conversation, Bhagat was trying to 'woo' the journalist.
The 44-year-old author immediately shared a long response to the allegations made against him in a Facebook post.
He admitted to having had the conversation, and apologised to the woman as well as his wife of 20 years, Anusha.
"I should have had better judgement, but I guess I erred a bit there. Maybe I misread the friendliness," his apology read.
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While many lauded the 'Three Mistakes Of My Life' author, others expressed their disappointment.
He is getting some unnecessary flak!It ws just an attempt at flirting n doesn't amount to harassment or lewdness...… https://t.co/HkKA4CJJUC— 90's Kid (@Bulla_k_bol) 1538826022000
Also, #ChetanBhagat not only your books but you suck too.— Yukti Malhotra (@yuktimalhotra19) 1538827566000
So Fourth mistake of Chetan Bhagat Life & Page no. 57 from One Indian Girl. Aren't these two things connected? #ChetanBhagat— Suyash (@suyashwayal) 1538825314000
#Phantom dissolved and one of the factors was allegations of sexual harassment against #VikasBahl and the lack of a… https://t.co/NqUmhw1NnH— Kadambari Srivastava (@Kadambari1989) 1538825158000
Just read that Chetan Bhagat harassed a woman and has apologized to her and his wife. That's a start, but I'm still… https://t.co/c49Wz72UCg— Pooja (@PoojaPaath) 1538824931000
Some of the men outed may not have committed sexual harassment, however I am still disappointed with them. Especial… https://t.co/arNf1Q6Cm6— KP (Krishna Prasad) (@kppadukudru) 1538828195000
I think #ChetanBhagat took himself and his book #HalfGirlfriend way too seriously.— Alex George (@_Oleggs) 1538828307000
Oh boy! And I thought just the books were bad #ChetanBhagat Of course there wasn't a hint of harassment or assaul… https://t.co/jQxb5L2Ib7— Sutrishna Ghosh (@Sutrishna12) 1538824484000
In the last few days, various well-known personalities were named and shamed on social media for their inappropriate behaviour towards women.