#MeToo: KWAN co-founder attempts suicide owing to allegations against him
In the early hours of Friday, the co-founder of a talent management agency tried committing suicide in light of sexual harassment allegations that surfaced against him in the ongoing #MeToo movement in India. However, Anirban Das Blah, co-founder of KWAN, was rescued by Vashi police after they found him attempting to jump off the old Vashi bridge in Mumbai. Here are the details.
Blah was accused of sexual misconduct by four women
As the #MeToo movement gained momentum in India, Blah was accused of sexual misconduct by four women. The allegations against Blah reportedly affected KWAN's business, and the co-founder was forced to step down consequently. To add insult to injury, even his business partners demanded that he step down in light of the allegations against him.
A police constable caught Blah before he could jump off
On Friday, at around 12.30am, Blah was seen exiting a cab a little distance away from the old Vashi bridge. Subsequently, a traffic constable saw Blah walking along the isolated bridge, and questioned him about what he was doing on the bridge at that time of the night. Then, Blah's suicidal intentions came to light, following which the KWAN co-founder was apprehended by police.
Blah said he got depressed by the allegations against him
After Blah was apprehended, he opened up about his suicidal intentions. The entrepreneur told the Vashi police that he had been depressed since the allegations against him surfaced, and that he wanted to end his life. Subsequently, Blah was counselled, and a detailed statement from him was recorded. He was handed over to his family members afterwards, at 3am. Blah was not charged with any offence.