Written byShalini Ojha
Author Chetan Bhagat is upset (and visibly angry) over the slew of sexual harassment allegations leveled against him, especially by writer Ira Trivedi.
In an article for Outlook, Ira wrote Chetan tried to kiss her forcibly nearly a decade ago, a charge he denied.
On Monday, in a series of tweets, he slammed her for derailing #MeToo movement, which has finally ascended to India.
Ira wrote she met Chetan during a literature fest in Jaipur, and then later at India International Center in Delhi.
At IIC, he asked her to come to his room under the pretext of giving her a signed copy of the book. On entering the room, he tried to kiss her.
Further, Ira also wrote he groped her friend abroad and made inappropriate passes.
"When the stream of #MeToo allegations started to flow, I had a strong feeling that Chetan Bhagat would be called out. And when he indeed was, I knew that it was important for me to share my decade-long experience of his behavior with me," she wrote.
When Ira's allegations got attention, Chetan was slammed for his 'predatory' nature. But the 'Half Girlfriend' author feels he is being targeted unfairly.
He urged people to not support 'smear campaign' of this kind, which is driven by motivation.
He wrote the allegations were baseless and have hurt his family. He spoke about taking out time to work towards his family's healing.
"I am not a vindictive person. More than anything I just want me and my family to be left alone and people to ignore fake charges. Love to all who supported me. I won't let you down. This was my #MeToo story," Chetan tweeted.
In a tweet, he wrote in 2010 (when the incident purportedly happened), Ira was more powerful than him since she came from an influential family.
He posted a screenshot of an email which she sent him in 2013, that she ended with "Miss u kiss u" (sic).
Sharing the image, he asked who wanted to kiss whom and pointed out the difference in dates.
So who wanted to kiss whom? @iratrivedi’s self-explanatory email from 2013 to me, esp last line, easily shows her claims from 2010 are false, and she knows this too. This mental harassment of me and my family has to stop. Please don’t harm a movement with #fakecharges #harassed pic.twitter.com/SWeaSCfHLd— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) October 15, 2018
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