The #MeToo movement has gained traction in India, with several women gathering up the courage to speak up against sexual perpetrators. Several popular faces have been named and shamed until now, including celebrated people from the fields of acting, filmmaking, writing, journalism and many more. Recently, author Ira Trivedi called out renowned writer Chetan Bhagat and shared her #MeToo story through an online news portal. She previously alleged that he made a pass at her in the room and tried to plant a kiss on her lips to which she laughed, not knowing what else to do.
Retaliating to Ira Trivedi's allegations, author Chetan Bhagat took to Twitter and posted a screenshot that shows Dubey initiating a conversation with him in a flirtatious manner, thus hinting that the 2010 allegations against him might be false. His tweet said "So who wanted to kiss whom? @iratrivedi’s self-explanatory email from 2013 to me, esp last line, easily shows her claims from 2010 are false, and she knows this too. This mental harassment of me and my family has to stop. Please don’t harm a movement with #fakecharges #harassed"
Here's the tweet!
Earlier, she had also mentioned that she met Chetan Bhagat a decade ago at the Jaipur Literature Festival. Recalling that Bhagat asked her what she would do if a man made a pass at her at a book launch. To this, a 22-year-old Ira said that she would kiss him if he bought 100 of her books and would marry if he bought all of them. She wrote that a few weeks later, he invited her to tea at the India International Centre and asked him to come to his room, but she suggested they meet in the tea-room. Further, she wrote that after tea he asked her to come up to his room on the pretext of giving her a signed copy of his book, after which he tried kissing her, but she resisted.
However, Ira said that they continued to remain friends, but avoided meeting alone. Sharing another incident of Chetan groping her friend, she said that he made several "inappropriate passes physically and verbally" at her. When Ira confronted Chetan over this, he told her that it was the other way round and that she had a "bad reputation".