Mumbai, October 12: The global #MeToo storm, which made landfall in India nearly a fortnight ago, has now hit the nation's corporate sector as well. A section of Tata Motors' female employees - former as well as current - have complained against the company's corporate communications chief Suresh Rangarajan. Taking cognizance of the sexual harassment allegations levelled against him, the Indian owner of Jaguar has asked Rangarajan to go on leave.
The human resource department of Tata Motors issued a statement claiming that the charges levelled against Rangarajan would be probed by an internal committee, in accordance with the law. #MeToo Row: Now, MJ Akbar Accused by CNN Reporter of 'Forcefully Kissing' Her When She Was 18.
"Appropriate action will be taken" if the investigation finds Rangarajan at fault, the statement said, adding that Tata Motors Ltd has a no-tolerance policy towards harassment against any employee. "We have always strived to ensure a respectful and safe workplace for everyone," the statement added.
The #MeToo movement, which began rattling the Bollywood at first, has also sent shockwaves in the political circles. Political parties, including those aligned with the Centre-ruling BJP, have demanded the resignation of Union Minister MJ Akbar, who has been accused by six of his former subordinates of sexually harassing them when he was the editor-in-chief of a leading English national daily.
From the entertainment sector, the #MeToo allegations have been levelled against veteran actors Nana Patekar, Alok Nath, Rajat Kapoor, Piyush Mishra, along with directors Vikas Bahl and Sajid Khan, among others.