In the short time span of 4 days, since the self-proclaimed ‘Indian Fowler’ shared her story ‘The Indian Uber – That is TVF’ describing the sexual harassment she faced at the hands of The Viral Fever CEO Arunabh Kumar, more than 50 other women have come out with similar experiences they faced with him.
Likely inspired by Susan Fowler, an ex-Uber employee who alleged sexual harassment against her former bosses at Uber, the Indian Fowler wrote a detailed post describing how she faced regular sexual harassment which escalated to molestation over a period of 2 years.
The anonymous Fowler details how even after she referred to Arunabh as an ‘elder brother’ he would still hold her hands and insinuate ‘role-playing’. She also alleges that threats of police action did not work (he responded police are in my pocket) and that when she tried to quit, TVF legal team told her she was in breach of contract. Finally, she explains she quit.
Slowly yet steadily, other women, some anonymous and some sharing their name, came out with sexual harassment claims against the infamous Arunabh. The women included former employees of TVF and others who had been in contact with TVF/Arunabh.
The Viral Fever went viral for an unwanted cause, as the public rallied behind Indian Fowler against Arunabh. At this point, Arunabh and TVF team issued official statements discrediting Indian Fowler entirely and even denying such a woman worked with TVF, all the while maintaining their workplace was a comfortable environment for women.
TVF went so far as to issue an ‘official’ response to the ‘The Indian Uber – That is TVF’ post, saying that they will “leave no stone unturned to find the author of the article and bring them to severe justice for making such false allegations.
Arunabh’s official statement was slightly more controversial “I am a heterosexual, single man and when I find a woman sexy, I tell her she’s sexy. I compliment women. Is that wrong? Having said that, I am very particular about my behaviour – I will approach a woman, but never force myself.”
Despite the full efforts of The Viral Fever and Arunabh at damage control, more and more women are coming out with allegations and are supporting Indian Fowler. Has the anonymous Indian Fowler won?