The flames of MeToo movement has now extended to the world of art. Several women have come forward putting many prominent artistic faces under suspicion. Names like Jatin Das, Riyas Komu. curator Rahul Bhattacharya and sculptor Valsan Koorma Kolleri have been alleged to be involved in sexual harassment of women.
One of the complainants is an entrepreneur Nisha. Bora, who contended, “I met Jatin Das in the summer of 2004 at a dinner event at the India International Centre, Delhi. The dinner had been hosted by my father-in-law… I was 28 years old… I was visiting Delhi from Bengaluru and had a few days to spare. Jatin chatted with me for a bit and asked what I did and whether I had the time and willingness to assist him for a few days to organize his work material. I was delighted to say yes. It would be an honor to work with a brilliant artist, to have the opportunity to see and handle his priceless art close up. I visited Jatin in his studio... I don’t recall the time of day, but that it was well within daylight hours. He poured himself some whiskey; offered me one too, but I refused. It was a wonderfully cluttered space filled with creative energy. The next thing I knew, he attempted to grab me. I wriggled out of his embrace, flustered. Then he did it again. This time, he managed a clumsy kiss on my lips… I pushed him away and moved away from him. At that moment, he said, ‘Come on, it would be nice’. Or something like that… I picked up my bag, stepped out into the sun, and ran home.”
However, Mr. Das denied all the allegations. He said,“I am shocked. All kinds of things are happening these days... Some people do things and some people make allegations. I don’t know her, I have never met her, and even if I did [meet] somebody somewhere one doesn’t behave like this... It is vulgar.”