#MeToo: Indian flight attendant accuses cricket legend of sexual harassment
Breaking its silence on sexual harassment cases emerging from the Indian entertainment and media industry under the "MeToo" movement. The latest personality who has been accused of sexual harassment is former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga.
A former Indian flight attendant accused the cricket legend Arjuna Ranatunga of sexually harassing her in a Mumbai hotel.
In a Facebook post, the woman alleged that Ranatunga grabbed her. She further said that she was able to escape him and ran to the hotel reception but found none to help her. Ranatunga is yet to comment on her allegations.
#MeToo? ? "Ranatunga grabs me by waist, sliding his hands along the side of my breasts, I scream fearing the worst, kicking on his legs and feet," Indian flight attendant alleges in Facebook post @ArjunaRanatunga #Metoo #Metoosrilanka pic.twitter.com/fnpxltOUhO- Srilanka #MeToo (@Metoo_Srilanka) October 10, 2018
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 Dutta said prominent actor Nana Patekar behaved inappropriately on the sets of a film they were shooting in 2008. Patekar has denied any wrongdoing.
Since then, more than a dozen men in the media, entertainment and art worlds have been accused of offences, ranging from sexual harassment to rape. A junior minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government was accused this week of inappropriate behavior by at least seven women.
India is traditionally a conservative country, where discussions about sex are still taboo for many and where women have long lagged behind men in workplace participation.
With inputs from Agencies.