Indian artist Jatin Das has been blamed for sexual harrassment by two ladies today.
Das has been granted the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-most elevated non military personnel respect, and is the dad of acclaimed movie producer/performing artist Nandita Das.
Environmentalist Nisha Bora was the first to approach, charging that he snatched her and persuasively kissed her on the lips at his studio where she was helping him on a work venture in 2004.
Bora said that she was 28 and married for a year at the time and felt that she kept herself from speaking up by thinking that she would “make trouble for them, that I had no business disrupting their social equilibrium, that I had somehow landed myself in this spot, and that it was my problem to deal with’. I felt guilty and ashamed.”
She also talked about being later contacted by Nandita Das, who got her number from Jatin Das to request recommendations for a female assistant: “At that time, I recall that phone call felt like a knife being twisted in my gut, because I had so, so much admiration for her, and it had all become so incredibly filthy that moment,” she wrote.
Jatin Das has also been accused of inappropriate behaviour by journalist Anushree Majumdar, who alleges that he harassed her while she was working as a project manager for a cultural festival. She said that he demanded that she work for him, “stood too close” and “asked strange questions” during one meeting, adding that she spent the festival opening “hiding from him” and that he “called many times the next day”.