Varun Patra has released the following statement to Rolling Stone India:
The accusations against the co-founder and head of marketing at the Indian media platform, were brought to light via an open letter online
I hope that people can understand my intentions and while the fear I felt is not comparable to what women have been subjected to for years, I can only be honest about where I was coming from or I would only be doing a disservice to the larger conversation that surrounds this movement.”
In herÂ open letter, the source states that she had been talking to Patra for a few months and had gone out to dinner with him once before the incident. On November 11th 2018, Patra came over to her home after which they proceeded to have sexual intercourse, during which he allegedly performed a non-consensual sex act and recorded the survivor on audio without her knowledge or consent:
Youth media company Homegrown’s co-founder and head of marketing Varun Patra has been accused of sexual harassment. The survivor, who wished to remain anonymous, made her statements public earlier today via an open letter on artist and poet Priyanka Paul’s social media platforms. The accusations against Patra also spread on Twitter after a post by writer Shruti Sunderraman was shared multiple times and spurred several reactions from other media personalities on the platform.
With respect to this second incident, I absolutely understand this was never the right decision to make. Unfortunately, I learned and understood this the hard way, only in retrospect. Sex is a complex interaction when it’s with new individuals and I should have exercised better judgment. The alternative should have just been me voicing my fear openly and asking for her consent to do the same or avoiding it altogether if I did not have the confidence to navigate such a situation. I have spent the months since reflecting on not only my own actions, but also this movement and its deep necessity.Â
Homegrown’s co-founder Varun Patra has been accused of sexual harassment. I just read the painful account of the accuser on @artwhoring‘s Instagram stories. MY BLOOD IS BOILING. Your time’s up, pseudo wokeboi. #MeToo #MeTooIndia
I honestly expected nothing from a man who thinks it’s okay to stuff his face in my hair and stub his cigarette on my friend when he’s drunk. @VarunPatra, an easy way to “protect” yourself from #MeToo would have been to understand consent. https://t.co/bK6KXeA4BN
The survivor further added that she was hesitant of reporting the incident earlier since she was afraid of losing her job and/or being slut-shamed.
#MeToo: Homegrown Co-Founder Varun Patra Accused of Sexual Harassment The accusations against the co-founder and head of marketing at the Indian media platform, were brought to light via an open
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“I was extremely anxious and fearful that any sexual activity, irrespective of consent, could be used against me.”
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“I put my phone on audio recording and here, I want to be clear that I completely understand that this is not ok,” he said. “It came from a place of fear and uncertainty of how to navigate sex with somebody who I had not known for very long in the atmosphere of MeToo which I had already been introspecting on a lot.
She also alleged that he performed an sex act on her without consent – a claim he has strenuously denied.
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In the open letter, she explained how she met Mr Patra for dinner before going back to her home and having sex.
An Indian businessman has admitted to making a secret audio recording of a sexual encounter he had with a woman, because he was afraid of the #MeToo movement and being charged with sexual misconduct.
It is unclear whether she has contacted the police about the incident.
An Indian businessman has admitted to making a secret audio recording of a sexual encounter he had with a woman, because he was afraid of the #MeToo movement and being charged with sexual misconduct. Varun Patra, co-founder of youth media company Homegrown, has been accused of sexual harassment by a woman he met in November 2018.