#MeToo claims hit head of In­dia cricket board

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NEW DELHI: The chief ex­ec­u­tive of In­dia’s pow­er­ful cricket board has been given a week to ex­plain al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual ha­rass­ment against him, as the coun­try’s fledg­ling #MeToo move­ment gath­ers pace. Rahul Johri, CEO of the Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI), was named in an ac­count shared by In­dian au­thor Harnidh Kaur on Twit­ter. The uniden­ti­fied woman ac­cused Johri of as­sault­ing her at his home, while he was work­ing with a dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“The truth is, it was so sud­den and so ma­nip­u­lated that I had no chance at even know­ing what the hell this was,” the woman said. The Supreme Court-ap­pointed Com­mit­tee of Ad­min­is­tra­tors, which over­sees the BCCI, yes­ter­day asked Johri to ex­plain. Even though the al­le­ga­tions “do not per­tain to his em­ploy­ment with BCCI,” the com­mit­tee said it had given him a week to “sub­mit his ex­pla­na­tion.” Johri, CEO of the world’s rich­est cricket body, has yet not re­sponded to a re­quest for com­ment.

“There are cer­tain me­dia re­ports to­day, in­clud­ing in the so­cial me­dia, per­tain­ing to Rahul Johri,” the com­mit­tee said in a state­ment. “These re­ports dis­close al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual ha­rass­ment made against Mr Johri, by an un­named per­sons through a Twit­ter han­dle. The al­le­ga­tions also re­lated to his pre­vi­ous em­ploy­ment with a large me­dia house,” it added.

In­dia’s be­lated #MeToo move­ment has made head­lines over the last few days with women shar­ing pow­er­ful ac­counts of al­leged ha­rass­ment by sev­eral pow­er­ful men in­clud­ing a min­is­ter, Bol­ly­wood film­mak­ers, news ed­i­tors and co­me­di­ans. On Fri­day, the pro­duc­tion of a Bol­ly­wood block­buster was halted af­ter the film’s lead called for ha­rass­ment claims against its di­rec­tor and co-star to be “strin­gently” in­ves­ti­gated.

Star Ak­shay Ku­mar said he had re­quested that the mak­ing of “House­full 4” be stopped fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions against di­rec­tor Sa­jid Khan and ac­tor Nana Patekar. Sev­eral women, mostly jour­nal­ists, have also ac­cused In­dia’s ju­nior for­eign min­is­ter M J Ak­bar of sex­ual ha­rass­ment in the last few days. Ak­bar, who was a top news ed­i­tor be­fore en­ter­ing pol­i­tics, has not yet com­mented on the al­le­ga­tions or de­mands for his res­ig­na­tion.

—AFP

NEW DELHI: In­dian jour­nal­ists hold plac­ards at a protest against sex­ual ha­rass­ment in the me­dia in­dus­try.

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