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Indian employers under pressure to respond to surge in #MeToo allegations

Indian activists shout slogans outside a police station as they demand justice for Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta, who has alleged a sexual harrasment by actor Nana Patekar, in Mumbai on October 11, 2018. (PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Keerthi Mohan

Pressure is building on major Indian employers to take allegations of sexual harassment more seriously after a surge in the number of complaints against prominent public figures in the past week. At least one major Indian newspaper, some politicians and women’s groups have said that the requirements of the 2013 Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act need to be enforced by companies and organisations, and if necessary by the authorities. The #MeToo movement, which began in the United States more than a year ago in response to accusations of sexual harassment and abuse by powerful men in the entertainment industry, gained traction in India in late September after the actress Tanushree…

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