TVF molestation row: Twinkle Khanna reveals being sexually harassed
Former actress-turned-columnist Twinkle Khanna is known for her satirical/sarcastic takes on current issues in her column Mrs Funnybones. And this time she has chosen to write about sexual harassment at workplace, while slamming TVF (The Viral Fever) founder CEO Arunabh Kumar, who has been accused of sexual harassment.
Twinkle also opened up on her own experience of being a victim despite being the wife of a “man who on-screen punches holes in walls with his bare fists.” She revealed that even she, “a fairly assertive woman” wasn’t spared, and shared an incident of harassment that she faced a few years earlier.
She described, “A few years ago, a message on my phone reduced me to tears in the car. I had reached breaking point after months of suggestive messages from a wealthy, powerful client that I had been pretending not to understand because all I wanted to do was to complete the project in a professional manner. And so I ended up as a statistic - the 38% of women who faced sexual harassment at work, according to a survey done by the Indian National Bar association."
In her column, she referred to the molester as a ‘loathsome frog’ who darts his tongue intermittently at the ‘file-totting flies’. She gave the examples of corporate molesters like ‘Phaneesh Murthy who had to resign from Infosys after his secretary Reka Maximovitch accused him of sexual harassment, Tarun Tejpal who created a ‘Tehelka with his elevator antics’ and former chief of TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), R.K. Pachauri. She added to this list the name of Arunabh Kumar.
Twinkle also slammed Arunabh Kumar’s response to the harassment allegations. Arunabh had said that he a heterosexual single man and when he finds a woman sexy, he tells her she is sexy. “I compliment women, is that wrong?” he had said.
Reacting to his comments, the columnist wrote, “Sexy is an acceptable compliment within a work a work environment only if she is a stripper and you are her pimp trying to boost her confidence before she takes the stage. Telling a woman she is sexy in the bedroom is fine, telling her the same thing in the boardroom simply deplorable. So think before you croak.”