Arunabh Kumar, CEO of TVF is going viral and not because of his super successful Youtube channel TVF which stands for The Viral Fever, but for all sorts of sexual allegations made against him. Everybody who knows how to be on the Internet in India might be aware of the whole TVF Controversy. For those who don’t, here’s what happened.
An anonymous blogger by username The Indian Fowle wrote a blog claiming to be an ex-employee of the company TVF and blasted Arunabh with sexual allegations stating that he molested her for two years that she worked in the company asking her to role play, playing a pimp, making sexual advances, etc.
To which, TVF team replied saying, “We will leave no stone unturned to find the author of the article and bring them to severe justice for making such false allegations.”
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It surely angered a lot of people on the Internet and Arunabh’s reply added fuel to the fire. He said, “I unconditionally and unequivocally deny all these allegations. Social media has already declared me an offender, but I am ready to address all the allegations against me. I am open to receiving a police complaint so that I can respond legally as well. I am a heterosexual, single man and when I find a woman sexy, I tell her she’s sexy. I compliment women. Is that wrong? Having said that, I am very particular about my behaviour – I will approach a woman, but never force myself.”
And now, there are several other people who have come out with the same problem, with their stories of harassment, claiming to leave their job because of similar circumstances. All fingers pointing at Kumar.
But the most shocking part, despite almost 9 women complaining about the sexual advances made by Arunabh, there hasn’t been a single FIR lodged against him. There are posts on social media, but the person who sparked this outrage has been disturbingly quiet. In her post, she writes that she threatened legal action against Arunabh but he did not back off. But now, after leaving the job, and with the support, she can easily get ‘justice’.
What is bothering us along the number of assaults at the workplace is that these women despite being educated are not coming forward to file a complaint. There are laws to protect their identity and teaching a lesson to molesters is important.
All these things have also raised a very rational question, is this all just for defamation of a successful startup? Given to the circumstances, we have full sensitivity towards the issue but if we keep an open mind and think rationally, this is also one possibility that shouldn’t be ruled out.
iKarmik says, we are all for women’s safety, but blogging can be one step closer to the solution, but it is not the solution. Addressing the issue will lead you nowhere near the justice. So we very keenly request you to file an FIR against Arunabh as social media trials will only increase your number of followers but won’t serve the purpose. You can also talk to any of the NGO working for the same and they can guide you for your next step. Hiding will only give more power to molesters and we’re sure you wouldn’t want that to happen. And if it is another defamation tamasha, then it is way below the belt.