Amidst the growing voice in support of India’s MeToo movement, All India Bakchod (AIB) founders and comedians Tanmay Bhat and Gursimran Khamba will be stepping away from their company until further notice. This came in the light of the allegations that have surfaced on social media against Tanmay Bhat, AIB CEO, for not acting on sexual harassment complaints against Utsav Chakraborty, comedian and an ex-AIB member. Meanwhile, allegations of sexual harassment also surfaced against another AIB founder, Gursimran Khamba, on a twitter thread where he was accused of forcing himself on a woman.
“We have been closely monitoring the sequence of events on social media around the allegations against AIB and also against our co-founder and CEO, Tanmay Bhat. We cannot overlook Tanmay’s role…” said a statement released by AIB that came on Monday.
The statement further added that from now on “Tanmay will not be involved with the day to day functioning of AIB or in any other manner.” Regarding Khamba’s position, the statement mentioned that he would be on temporary leave of absence until the association gathers more clarity on the matter. The statement came by the AIB’s head HR.
Allegations of sexual harassment against Khamba
On October 8, an anonymous woman on the social media claimed that Khamba forced himself on her on multiple occasions. She also alleged that Khamba on various occasions “drunk dialled her”, he also emotionally blackmailed and abused her.
In the wake of the outrage, Khamba responded to the allegations saying that he is apologetic for his inappropriate behaviour which he calls “uncalled for”, as reported by The Quint.
Misconduct by Tanmay
On October 4, AIB ex-member, comedian and YouTuber, Utsav Chakraborty was accused of sending unsolicited sexually explicit messages and pictures to girls, including a minor. The allegations came up on the twitter thread where a writer-comedian shared accounts of women claiming that they have received explicit photographs from Utsav, as reported by the Hindustan Times.
However, Utsav denied the accusations, and in his response, he said that the matter “needs context”. He said, “Literally everyone I know has turned against me, and I don’t blame them for that. But, the whole thing is far more complicated than it appears” and “needs an incredible amount of context.”
Soon after this AIB group came up with a lengthy statement saying that they are carefully looking into the matter. The statement also mentioned that Tanmay knew about the allegations and had also confronted Utsav in the past about the same. However, AIB continued working with Utsav.
In another statement, AIB said that “They are sorry”.
Last week after voices for Metoo moment became stronger, AIB decided to de-list all the videos of comedian Utsav from their site.
Mumbai Police also took notice of the case, they replied to the tweets of the woman, saying, “We have followed you. Request you to inbox your number. We will look into this on priority,” as reported by The Economic Times.
Women empowerment is one of the most important words of the present times. It is not a mere phrase but it rather represents a movement, which has been pending for the longest time. However, many have a misconception that educating women, “letting” them work, etc. is all that women empowerment is all about. However, the concept of women empowerment is more of an umbrella term. It intends to involve society as a whole, including men.
We always encourage and applaud a woman who successfully balances both work life and her household. But won’t it be easy for that woman if the load of the work is shared? We see that in our society a woman’s primary role is seen as that of a homemaker. At the same time, her personal likes, aspirations, and dreams are forced to be put on the backburner because of the undue expectation that she has to single handedly manage the household while balancing her career. To give credit where it is due, the times are changing. Men and women of the house are increasingly sharing the workload. However, one can also not turn a blind to the fact that a lot more still needs to be done.
Driving home the same concept, popular brand Ariel has come up with brilliant communication.
The video shows a mother speaking to her married daughter over the phone, all whilst cleaning the mess her son has created. She is absolutely heartbroken when her daughter says that she plans to quit her job since juggling both a demanding job and her household has become too overwhelming. It is during this time that she realises that while she and her husband as parents left no stone unturned to give an all-round upbringing to their daughter, they somewhere forgot to teach their son some basic life skills like cooking and doing laundry so that they grow out to be equally responsible in doing household chores. This is not a story of just one family, but of families across the country. These are some things which everyone must know, not for any other reason, but simply because these are basic tasks which are absolutely essential to survive. And, they make you capable to be equal partners tomorrow!
As Ariel raises an important question-is household work only a woman’s job? We need to ask ourselves the same question. A recent study revealed that the unpaid work done by women around the world amounted to 43 times the annual turnover of Apple Inc. It is high time we share the load and change the narrative that household work is the “duty” of a woman. As the video shows, contributing to the household work is not only a daughter’s work, but the son must contribute his bit too. It is also important for the parents to instil a sense of responsibility in their children, irrespective of their gender so that at any juncture of their lives, they are not completely dependent on another person for basic tasks like these. Ariel has been consistently driving this message and addressing the inequality within households since 2015. The Logical Indian applauds Ariel for coming up with such a brilliant video for depicting such an important concept.