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Now co-founder of leftist website ‘The Wire’ accused of sexual harassment, denies allegations

Author: OpIndia Staff
Publication: Opindia.com
Date: October 7, 2018
URL:      https://www.opindia.com/2018/10/now-co-founder-of-leftist-website-the-wire-accused-of-sexual-harassment/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Last week, in what is widely called as India’s #MeToo movement, many people came forward to share their stories of sexual harassment, especially by people in power. Soon enough the movement snowballed and the who’s who of the film and media industry were named. The latest name to come out today has been Sidharth Bhatia, co-founder and founding editor of the leftist propaganda website ‘The Wire‘.

Bhatia has been named by at least two different women, in two separate incidents and accused of having used his position of power of sexually exploiting women.
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Rituparna Chatterjee @MasalaBai
 Oct 7, 2018
 Ok just got a google doc of names some one collated of alleged perpetrators named in public. I’m a little shaken. Over 100, many familiar names. I’m not going to make it public. This isn’t a witch-hunt. But there will be proper follow-up. This is India’s #MeToo moment.

Reema Sanyal @domeofthedevil
How many inboxes must be filled with Feminist Liberal Uncle, The Wire founder, @bombaywallah's literary pleadings to bed young colleagues? Should we expose him, too? @neetakolhatkar @ranjona @TheRestlessQuil @rishibagree @seemantinibose
2:07 PM - Oct 7, 2018
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Reema Sanyal @domeofthedevil
Oct 7, 2018
Replying to @MasalaBai
How many inboxes must be filled with Feminist Liberal Uncle, The Wire founder, @bombaywallah's literary pleadings to bed young colleagues? Should we expose him, too? @neetakolhatkar @ranjona @TheRestlessQuil @rishibagree @seemantinibose

Bharti Shukla @right2livelife
Small bust-large behind: @bombaywallah had commented on me and winked at Gautam Adhikari at a DNA party
2:19 PM - Oct 7, 2018
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One woman has accused Bhatia of ‘propositioning young interns in DNA (where Bhatia was previously associated with) offering tips on writing’. The second Twitter user has accused Bhatia of licking his ‘lower lip seeing bra straps of young women’ in office.

In the tweets, the women have even asked another journalist, Ranjona Banerjee, who was Bhatia’s deputy when in DNA, to speak up, implying Banerjee knew.
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Reema Sanyal@domeofthedevil
Oct 7, 2018
Replying to @MasalaBai
How many inboxes must be filled with Feminist Liberal Uncle, The Wire founder, @bombaywallah's literary pleadings to bed young colleagues? Should we expose him, too? @neetakolhatkar @ranjona @TheRestlessQuil @rishibagree @seemantinibose

Bharti Shukla @right2livelife
Come on @ranjona , speak up, you were @bombaywallah Sidharth Bhatia's deputy in DNA. How many times did his lick lower lip seeing bra straps of young women in office!?!
2:22 PM - Oct 7, 2018
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One of the woman even alleged that Siddharth Bhatia had ‘liked’ the tweet accusing him of sexual harassment. However, it seems like he had later ‘unliked’. If the woman’s assertions are true, it would mean that Bhatia was online and is now aware of the allegations being made against him.
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Bharti Shukla @right2livelife
 Oct 7, 2018
Replying to @domeofthedevil and 7 others
Come on @ranjona , speak up, you were @bombaywallah Sidharth Bhatia's deputy in DNA. How many times did his lick lower lip seeing bra straps of young women in office!?!

Reema Sanyal @domeofthedevil
Wow, look, he is even liked the tweet. Shamelessness takes a new level
5:33 PM - Oct 7, 2018
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Meanwhile, many Twitter users have accused Twitter of ‘shadow banning’ Twitter users like Sheena who are naming and shaming the alleged sexual predators for outing the names.
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Shash @pokershash
 So this girl @weeny who is exposing all the perverts, mostly LW, has been shadow banned by “Left Leaning @twitter” good job @jack 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
8:32 PM - Oct 7, 2018
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Bhatia, while still active on Twitter (his last tweet at the time of this report is at 8:25 pm, while the above tweets accusing him are before 2:30 pm today), hasn’t either confirmed or denied the accusations on him. Neither has The Wire issued any statement. We will update the article if and when such a statement is issued.

Update: At 10:17 AM on 8th October 2018, Siddharth Bhatia, the co-founder and founding editor of The Wire responded to the allegations levelled against him. He has categorically denied the allegations and even knowing the women in question who levelled these allegations.
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Sidharth Bhatia @bombaywallah
 Wild allegations about me are doing the rounds on Twitter. ⁦@thewire_in⁩ too has been dragged into it. Here’s my statement about it. I would also urge fellow professional journalists not to fall for rumour and innuendo.
10:47 AM - Oct 8, 2018
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