#MeToo movement is being misused: Bombay High Court.
The Bombay City High Court on Friday said on Friday that the #MeToo movement was for victims of molestation to give them the courage to come forward and share their stories and it mustn’t be misused. Justice S J Kathawalla was hearing a petition filed by filmmaker Vikas Bahl, seeking Rs 10 crore in damages from his former partners at Phantom Films, administrators Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, and 3 media organizations for alleged defamation.
Representing the lady who had complained about molestation by Bahl, senior counsel Navroz Seervai, told the court that she didn’t want to be a part of the judicial proceeding. Serwai same, “The girl has had enough and he or she continues to be suffering at the hands of this man (Bahl) and he or she doesn’t need to be party to the current case.” The court then asked Seervai to get a written statement and submit it to the court on Tuesday.
Justice Kathawalla then told if the lady isn’t willing to pursue the case, nobody has the liability to discuss it. He said, “She (the woman) mustn’t be used by anyone. Nobody ought to fireplace from her shoulder. This movement isn’t for them, it’s for the victim to come forward.”
The court conjointly same there ought to be guidelines for such incidents, otherwise “all this will be abused and misused and that we don’t recognize where will this finish up”.
Bahl had sought-after interim relief restraining his erstwhile partners at Phantom Films and others, together along with two media homes, from posting, publication, and republication the allegedly defamatory articles concerning him on any medium.
In the civil case filed through advocate Hitesh faith, Bahl, with the exception of the damages, has sought-after a final injunction against Kashyap, Motwane et al restraining them from publication “defamatory” articles, posts against him stating that they’re “completely false, incorrect and calumniatory in nature” having caused “irreparable hurt, loss and damage” to his name and reputation.