Journalist recounts horror tales of how she was sexually harassed by Editors of big media houses

It has been over 24 hours since Twitter has been abuzz with women speaking out against sexual harassment they have faced on hands of standup comics, social media celebrities and journalists, and such stories are still surfacing. Writer and journalist Sandhya Menon took to Twitter to recount her horror stories, naming the men who had allegedly made unwanted, sexual advances against her and when she complained to the higher-ups, she was ‘punished’.

She first talks about Manoj Ramachandran, Senior Associate Editor, Hindustan Times, who back in 2005 allegedly sent her an offensive message to her and then apologised for having sent it when he was ‘drunk’.

She retells how Ramachandran reportedly got her number from a mutual friend and texted her ‘I want to f*ck you’ and later claimed that he meant to send the message to his wife, and not Sandhya.

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She then talks about another incident involving K R Sreenivas, Resident Editor, Times of India, who back in 2008 during the launch of Bangalore Mirror, tried to make an unwanted advance towards her.

She claims that after the trial print run of the paper was over, Sreenivas offered to drop her home and while doing so, tried to feel her up saying ‘he and his wife had grown apart’. When she escalated the issue, the woman heading the sexual harassment committee and BCCL allegedly dismissed it by saying how it is unlikely Sreeni would so something like that.

Third man she names is Gautam Adhikari, founding editor of DNA and currently Executive Editor of Times of India.

Adhikari had just moved back from the US to Mumbai and asks Menon and her colleague to show him around the new city, and after a dinner involving the three of them, he offered to drop them home. Since Sandhya lived farther away, she was to be dropped last. However, as she was about to get out of the car, after the polite hug and peck on the cheek, Adhikari kissed her.

He later called her and told her not to let anyone know about that incident.

She then narrates how after that incident, he even asked her to join him for a vacation in Lonavla.

Currently, Manoj Ramchandran is Senior Associate Editor in Hindustan Times, Sreenivas is Resident Editor of Times of India, Hyderabad and Gautam Adhikari was founding Editor of DNA and currently Executive Editor at Times of India.


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