Post-#MeToo, ToI Hyd ed­i­tor quits

ToI’s Bose ac­cused of shield­ing tainted scribe


Times of In­dia’s Hy­der­abad res­i­dent ed­i­tor K.R. Sreeni­vas, the first to be ex­posed for in­dulging in sex­ual mis­con­duct at the work­place in the ex­plo­sive #MeToo cam­paign, has re­signed.

He is the first se­nior of­fi­cial from the Times of In­dia ed­i­to­rial sec­tion to step down, nine days af­ter he was named. Sources said Sreeni­vas had re­signed stat­ing that he was be­ing “tar­geted”.

Hours af­ter the Twit­ter­storm broke, he had been asked to go on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave. The TOI has shifted an­other of its res­i­dent ed­i­tors, Satadru Oija of Kolkota, to a dif­fer­ent role in an­other city. He was also named in the #MeToo cam­paign. The TOI said this move was done to fa­cil­i­tate an un­bi­ased in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Ear­lier, Gau­tam Ad­hikari, the found­ing ed­i­tor of DNA Mum­bai and a for­mer ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor of the TOI, re­signed as se­nior fel­low of the Cen­ter for Amer­i­can Progress (CAP) af­ter he was ac­cused of mul­ti­ple in­stances of sex­ual mis­con­duct.

The is­sue runs deeper and lies un­ad­dressed. Jaideep Bose, the head ed­i­tor of TOI, is ac­cused of ‘mis­con­duct’ and ‘pro­tect­ing’ ha­rasser-ed­i­tors. This leaves many won­der­ing how mis­con­duct at the high­est lev­els will be treated by TOI and its HR de­part­ment. For­mer staffers have said that the HR de­part­ment was un­help­ful.

But the Times of In­dia is not alone. A for­mer stu­dent has spo­ken out against the pres­ti­gious Nal­sar Univer­sity of Law, Hy­der­abad. Bengaluru-based Sowmya Rao, who uses the Twit­ter han­dle @sowm­yarao, said in a post that in her ini­tial days at Nal­sar, stu­dents were asked to rate each other. “I felt gross then, we all did it any­way. I’ve heard that there used to be a pro­fes­sor who taught a friend’s batch, called Ra­mana­murthy. His nick­name Boobana­murthy, you can guess why (sic),” she posted.

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