The Chief of Bureau and Political Editor of Hindustan Times, Prashant Jha has stepped down from the position following allegations of sexual misconduct by an ex-employee. The Mumbai bureau will currently be reporting to Editor-in-Chief Sukumar while Jha will stay on as a reporter. A report in The News Minute suggests that Prashant Jha will be subjected to a full investigation by the Internal Complaints Committee. The TNM report further suggests that Jha was asked to step down.
A former employee of Hindustan Times took to the micro-blogging site - Twitter, where she posted screenshots of a WhatsApp conversation between Jha and herself. These conversations took place after her exit from the publication which is why she couldn't register a complaint with the ICC.
There has been a rapid rise of #MeToo movement in India after the Tanushree Dutta – Nana Patekar controversy. The #MeToo movement now extends to fields of journalism as well. A senior correspondent at The Quint - Meghnad Bose has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women. Gautam Adhikari - former editor in chief of DNA in Mumbai and Manoj Ramachandran - an associate editor with the Hindustan Times in New Delhi, too, have been accused of sexual harassment.
(With inputs from The News Minute)