New Delhi, October 8: With the #MeToo storm hitting the Indian media, the first casualty of the movement has been reported. Hindustan Times journalist Prashant Jha is the first influential editor to resign from his post after a former reporter, associated with the newspaper, accused him of sexual harassment.
Jha submitted his letter of resignation on Monday , a couple of days after the allegations were levelled against him. In his note, the veteran scribe said he would step down as the political editor and bureau chief as it would hurt the interests of the publications if he continues on the post. #MeToo Impact: Vikas Bahl Dropped From Hrithik Roshan's Super 30 Promos, Amazon Prime Web-Series.
"There have been specific allegations against me - and my personal conduct - recently, which have raised moral questions about my conduct. In this backdrop, I believe it would be best for me to step down...," he reportedly wrote in the resignation letter.
Apart from HT, another major English daily - The Times of India - has landed in soup after its ex-journalist Sandhya Menon alleged sexual harassment by one of the newspapers' editors between 2005 to 2008.
The grievance cell of TOI said it has taken the cognizance of Menon's complaint on social media, assuring that a thorough probe would be undertaken to ascertain the charge.
"A highly empowered and accessible committee under this policy and under the law is in place to investigate and address all allegations of sexual harassment," said the statement issued by the publication.