Hours after filmmaker Nishtha Jain accused journalist Vinod Dua of sexual harassment, The Wire.in, where Dua works as consulting editor, said its Internal Complaints Committee was looking into the matter.
Meanwhile Dua's daughter, comedian Mallika Dua, said in a statement, written in an open letter format to Jain, that while she supported the #MeToo movement, it was her father's battle to fight and that she stood by him.
The Wire.in said in its statement:
Jain had also named Mallika in her statement, which the comedian said was in bad taste. However, she said, "IF at all my father is truly guilty of what you described, it is unacceptable, traumatic and painful."
Jain said the incidents she described took place in 1989—she said that Dua cracked dirty jokes around her, stalked her and "slobbered" all over her face.
"I don't remember the joke but it wasn't worth a laugh, just dirty. I felt hot in my face and I sat there most probably with an angry look," Jain wrote in a Facebook post:
"Soon after, I got a job as a video editor in Newstrack. I don't know how this man learnt about it. He had friends in my office who would inform him when I would be working late. One night as I came down to the parking, he was there. He said, he wanted to talk to me and asked me to enter his car - a black SUV/Jeep, I don't remember the make as I'm not into automobiles. Assuming that he wanted to apologise for his behaviour, I entered the car but before I could even settle down he began slobbering all over my face. I managed to get out and get into my office car and leave. I spotted him again in the parking in the coming nights and would go right back and wait till someone was ready to leave along with me in the office car. After a few days he stopped stalking me. The man was Vinod Dua."
Dua has been a well-know TV personality and journalist. He now works at The Wire.in, where he hosts the show Jan Gan Man Ki Baat.