Last year, the wave of #MeToo movement triggered in India. Women took to social media to call out their sexual predators from the Industry they belong to. Right from Hollywood to Bollywood to comedians, names of multiple men who sexually harassed the women around them. Among all those names was aspiring comedian Mahima Kukreja’s name. In October last year, Mahima, in series of her Tweets had alleged that comedian Utsav Chakraborty had sent her unsolicited photos of his genitalia. Though there has been no new development regarding the case, the comedian made few revelations on his social media recently. The comedian had later apologised.
Last night, Utsav took to social media to recall all the things that happened with him in his series of Tweets. In his series of Tweets, Utsav shared screengrabs of conversations with several women who have accused him of sexual harassment, suggesting that the exchange of private pictures was consensual. Her tweet read, “I still don't know know what drove her to have such a vindictive stance on me when all we had were fun/weird exchanges. This is her doing an Insta Live where she is talking about the fact that I haven't had a job for over a year and also mocked my illness. Also please notice the people gleefully responding to her video. You might find some familiar names. And a pattern.” (ALSO READ: AIB Fame Utsav Chakraborty Accused Of Sexual Harassment And Sending Explicit Messages To Minors; Comedians Slam Him)
So the events of last year, didn't just trigger a faux public call out but a private one too. There were people who went around accounting tales of me sending unsolicited pictures in personal circles as well. When it was patently untrue. Case in point: @4ngery pic.twitter.com/5ZhxNtFr2t— Utsav Chakraborty (@Wootsaw) November 24, 2019
Now, Mahima Kukreja has reacted to Utsav’s series of Tweet and said, “Why did Utsav keep multiple screenshots of private conversations from years ago with multiple women from Snapchat and other apps, an act which is a violation of privacy in itself, unless he believed he might be called out for predatory behaviour in future and could use some of them out-of-context to serve his narrative?”
Kukreja further added, “I have not made a single rupee out of the #MeToo movement. Utsav and other parties and individuals have come together to malign me and the #MeToo movement so powerful men can keep getting away with sexual harassment and abuse in some sick fantasy of revenge. I did not make any money. It is disgusting to say that a victim of sexual harassment is telling the truth to earn money. It has been an extremely challenging and debilitating experience in recounting what I have gone through and expressing it as above.”