#MeToo: Musician who was very vocal about Kathua case is now himself an accused of sexual harassment

Singer and musician Raghu Dixit who had been very vocal regarding the Kathua rape case, now finds himself under allegations of sexual harassment. Singer Chinmayi Sripaada who has emerged as a leader of the movement over the past few days, shared screenshots of allegations against the musician from an alleged anonymous victim. In the screenshots shared by Chinmayi it is claimed that Raghu Dixit forcefully tried to kiss the alleged victim.

“When we got done with a ad-hoc recording, he pulled me closer and asked me to give him a kiss when he was signing my cheque,” read the screenshot. Later Raghu Dixit came up with a detailed statement regarding allegations. “Here is my detailed response to the anonymous statement against me. I apologise for any wrongdoing on my part and will do what it takes to correct it. I have complete faith in my integrity and I have been as true to myself as I can be with this response (sic),” he said along with his statement.

While admitting that the account is mostly accurate, the singer said that he “completely misread” the situation and had immediately apologised to the person concerned and will do so again in private. However Chinmayi didn’t stop here but went on to share screenshots of several more allegations against the musician. Raghu Dixit is yet to respond to the later allegations.

Chinmayi Sripaada is not only supporting other alleged victims of harassment but has herself accused Tamil lyricist, Vairamuthu of sexual harassment. Several other well known people from various spheres of life, such as politics, film industry and entertainment industry have been accused of harassment and exploitation in the #MeToo movement. The long list of accused include the likes of veteran Bollywood actor Nana Patekar, Alok Nath, Director Sajid Khan, MoS for External Affairs, M J Akbar, among many others.