Mar 16, 2017 09:07 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com
Sexual harassment: Mumbai Police register FIR against TVF CEO Arunabh Kumar
A police complaint has been filed with the Mumbai Police Commissioner against founder and CEO of online video startup The Viral Fever on charges of sexual harassment.
The Mumbai Police have registered a complaint against Arunabh Kumar, CEO, The Viral Fever, on charges of outraging the modesty of a woman with the Mumbai Police.
Mumbai-based advocate Rizwan Siddiqui filed the complaint under IPC sections 354 and 509. His law firm Siddiqui and Associates confirmed to Moneycontrol that an FIR has been filed. "We have filed a complaint with the Mumbai Police Commissioner, Andheri Police Station as well as the Women's Commission. It will take time for it to translate it to an FIR," Siddiqui said.
TVF's media team did not reply to Moneycontrol emailed queries at the time of publishing this copy.
IIT-Kharagpur alumnus Arunabh Kumar was accused this month by multiple women on social media platforms, including past employees and a batchmate, of sexual harassment.
The incident came to light last week when one of the victims published her experience on a blog named ‘Indian Fowler” which seems to be inspired from 'Susan Fowler' who posted her sexual harassment story inside US-based Uber.
An anonymous Twitter handle - @CorporateKumar was instrumental in bringing the cases to light on social media by engaging with the victims.
As the blog post went viral, more ex-employees shared their stories online. One of the victims who had worked with Arunabh for a web series, shared her story on Facebook.
While these allegation went viral, TVF's current team members defended Arunabh Kumar.
TVF’s Nidhi Neetu Bisht had then tweeted: “Hope u trust me being sensitive about these matters. We are checking the facts internally & will revert soon. Prima facie baseless.”