TVF CEO Arunabh Kumar accused of sexual harassment by ex-employee

March 14 2017

Online digital entertainment channel TheViral Fever (TVF) has come under the scanner after its founder and CEO,Arunabh Kumar, was accused of sexual harassment by an ex-employee in ananonymous blog post. Thereafter, a string of skeletons have been tumbling out of the TVF closet, even as the company labels the post, nowviral, "ludicrous, defamatory and unverified". 

The 24-year-old begins by saying Arunabh molested her for the first time when she joined the company in 2014; after that, it became a routine affair. "Arunabh would try to lift me or would try and fall on me pretending he is drunk (sic)", she alleges. When she threatened to goto the cops, Arunabh's apparent retort was "Police to meri pocket mein hai". While she quit in 2016, TVF's legal team allegedly continues to send her reminders about breach of contract, leading to worry that she is still being tracked.As her post went viral, shared and retweeted by netizens, at least three more ex-employees shared similar experiences. Reema Sengupta, who worked on a web series with Arunabh, shared a horrifying account of an encounter with him on Facebook.

Some claimed TVF does not have an HR, or anti sexual harassment policies/ committee to deal with such incidents. However, the spokesperson clarified to a website, Youth Ki Awaaz, "TVF complies with all applicable labour laws, takes sexual harassment complaints seriouslyand processes the same in accordance with law. We have an in-house HR and legal department supported by a panel of top external law firms."

While Arunabh did not respond to calls, TVF spokesperson issued a statement that read, "All allegations made against TVF and its team in the article are categorically false, baseless and unverified. We take pride in making TVF a safe workplace that is equally comfortable for women and men. We will leave no stone unturned to find the author of thearticle and bring them to severe justice for making such false allegations. It is our humble request that you do not share an unsubstantiated, unverified and anonymous article such as this."

TVF CEO Arunabh Kumar accused of sexual harassment by ex-employee