The Mumbai police on Wednesday booked web entertainment firm ‘The Viral Fever’s’ founder Arunabh Kumar for allegedly causing sexual harassment to unknown women. The suburban Andheri police registered a case against Kumar under sections 354 A (causing sexual harassment) and 509 (insult the modesty of a woman by indecent words, gesture or acts) of Indian Penal Code, said DCP Ashwini Sanap, police spokesperson. Kumar hadn’t been arrested, he said, without disclosing on whose complaint the FIR was registered. Earlier this month, an anonymous blog post by a woman alleging sexual harassment to her by Kumar when she worked at TVF between 2014 and 2016 had gone viral on the social media.
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It was followed by similar allegations by some other women.
TVF had denied all the allegations and said it would “leave no stone unturned to find the author of the article and bring them to severe justice for making such false allegations.”
All this started after a person, under the pseudonym ‘Indian Fowler’ posted a blog accusing the founder-CEO of the popular web entertainment channel The Viral Fever. The women, in the original article, which has been shared widely on social media, wrote, “Right from Pitchers to Tripling, I was molested. Be it in parties where Arunabh would try to lift me or would try and fall on me pretending he is drunk.” She further added, saying“ He walks out of the meeting with some excuse and calls me for some notes. I walk up. He says it’s time we do a quicky. I am stunned. And I told him I will go to the police. He said “Police to meri pocket me hai”. I walked out deciding never to come back. Then get a call from Legal saying that I am in a breach of contract. Even my Mom tells me not to fight them. Why? Because a 24 year old girl cant fight an IIT guy with so much of money. He calls up my father and tells him that i am making up stories. Whatever that means”.