Friday, October 5, was like any other day on Indian Twitter, until a writer responded to comedian Utsav Chakraborty’s tweet expressing embarrassment over Indian men reportedly harassing women while on a cruise in Australia. The writer accused Chakraborty of duplicity, recounting how he had sent her unsolicited pictures of his genitals.

Soon, many more women began to call out their alleged sexual harassers on social media using the now globally familiar hashtag #MeToo.

Two weeks later, the outpouring continues, with women identifying men for actions ranging from sending inappropriate messages, forcibly groping and kissing them, to rape. The names that have emerged include a former editor who is now a minister in the Indian government, MJ Akbar, as well as actors, singers, writers and journalists. Veteran actor Alok Nath has been accused of rape by a writer and producer who worked with him.

These are men whose accusers have gone public. Here is a list of 26 names, spanning the worlds of journalism, film and TV, literature and advertising. Scroll.in reporters are pursuing details of other cases and the list will be updated once more accounts are available on record.

Journalism

Accusation: Sexual assault and harassment

Sixteen women journalists who worked with Akbar over three decades have accused him of sexual harassment. The allegations range from forcibly kissing and groping women, summoning them to hotel rooms, touching them inappropriately and sending them unsolicited messages.

Response: He has denied the allegations and filed a criminal defamation suit against Priya Ramani, the first journalist to go public with her account.

Current Status: No action has been taken by Government of India. Akbar is a Minister of State for External Affairs.

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Accusation: Sexual assault and harassment

Three women journalists have accused Adhikari of forcibly kissing them while he was the editor of DNA and The Times of India.

Response: He has denied the allegations.

Current Status: He resigned as senior fellow at Center for American Progress.

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Accusation: Sexual harassment

Filmmaker Nishtha Jain accused Vinod Dua of sexually harassing and stalking her in 1989, while he was the anchor of the television show Janvani.

Response: He has denied the allegations.

Current Status: The Wire, where Dua is a consulting editor, said its Internal Complaints Committee was investigating the matter.

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Vinod Dua accused of sexually harassing and stalking filmmaker in 1989

Accusation: Sexual harassment

Eleven women who worked with Surendran at five different organisations have accused Surendran of sexual harassment.

Response: He has denied the allegations and called his accusers a “lynch mob.”

Current Status: No action yet.

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Accusation: Sexual harassment

Jha allegedly sent inappropriate messages to a former colleague, who initally narrated her experience anonymously but later revealed her identity.

Response: In a letter to his editor at the Hindustan Times, Jha said the allegations have raised “moral questions” about his conduct and stepped down as the newspaper’s political editor.

Current Status: The newspaper said the allegations will be investigated by its Internal Complaints Committee.

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Hindustan Times political editor Prashant Jha steps down after sexual misconduct allegation

Accusation: Sexual harassment

At least eight women have accused Sreenivas of sexual harassment. Sandhya Menon, a former colleague, has accused him of touching her inappropriately in 2008.

Response: He neither denied nor confirmed the allegations.

Current Status: The Times of India, which employed Sreenivas as the resident editor of its Hyderabad edition, constituted a committee to look into the allegations against him. Sreenivas resigned on October 13.

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Times of India senior editor KR Sreenivas quits after sexual harassment allegations

Accusation: Sexual harassment

Two women journalists have accused Ojha of discriminating against them after they refused his advances.

Response: He has denied the allegations, calling them “malicious and defamatory.”

Current Status: The Times of India, where Ojha works as the editor of Calcutta Times, said it had set up an inquiry to investigate the allegations.

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Two women accuse Calcutta Times Editor Satadru Ojha of sexual harassment

Accusation: Sexual harassment

Several women, including one journalist, has accused Jain of making unsolicited and unwanted sexual advances online.

Response: None.

Current Status: Jain resigned from Business Standard in the wake of the allegations. He previously worked at Scroll.in.

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Journalist Mayank Jain resigns from Business Standard after sexual harassment allegations

Accusation: Sexual harassment

Several women have accused Verma, a former employee of Huffington Post, of sending explicit videos and images on Snapchat.

Response: He has apologised for his “problematic” conduct.

Current Status: Huffington Post said it will check if there were similar allegations while Verma worked there.

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Sexual harassment allegations pour in against many members of the media fraternity

Accusation: Sexual harassment

At least two women have accused Shah, the Editor-in-Chief of The Kashmir Walla, of molesting them.

Response: He has denied the allegations.

Current Status: No action as yet.

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Accusation: Sexual harassment

One woman has accused Bose of touching her inappropriately while they were studying at the Asian College of Journalism. Another has alleged that he “bullied and harassed” women, including her.

Response: He has apologised for his behaviour, “sexist comments, jibes and jokes”.

Current Status: The Quint, where Bose is employed, said it was gathering more details, even though no direct complaints have been made to the organisation.

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Sexual harassment allegations pour in against many members of the media fraternity

Film and TV

Accusation: Rape, sexual assault and harassment

Writer and director Vinta Nanda has accused Alok Nath of raping her in the 1990s, while actors Navneet Nishan and Sandhya Mridul have accused him of sexual harassment.

Response: Nath denied the allegations and filed a defamation case against Nanda, with his wife’s support.

Current Status: The Cine And TV Artistes’ Association has issued a show cause notice to Nath.

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Writer-director Vinta Nanda accuses actor Alok Nath of raping her nearly two decades ago

Actor Alok Nath files defamation complaint against Vinta Nanda, who accused him of rape

Accusation: Sexual assault and harassment

A crew member has accused Bahl of assaulting her during the filming of Bombay Velvet in Goa in 2015, while actor Kangana Ranaut has accused him of sexual misconduct.

Response: He has sent a legal notice to his former business partners Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane for making “defamatory allegations” against him.

Current Status: Bahl’s former company, Phantom Films, announced its dissolution in response to the allegations.

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Actor Kangana Ranaut accuses director Vikas Bahl of sexual misconduct

Accusation: Sexual harassment

Model and actor Kate Sharma filed a police complaint against Ghai for allegedly molesting her.

Response: Ghai denied the allegations, saying some people were trying to harm his reputation.

Current Status: No action as yet.

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Model Kate Sharma files complaint against filmmaker Subhash Ghai for molestation

Accusation: Sexual harassment

Singer Chinmayi Sripaada alleged she was asked to meet the lyricist in his room while on a concert tour in Switzerland 10 years ago. Another musician recounted how Vairamuthu pursued her when she was 18.

Response: He has denied the allegations, describing them as part of an effort to “insult him”.

Current Status: No action as yet.

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Accusation: Sexual harassment

Casting director Tess Joseph has accused Kumar of sexually harassing her, while they were filming a TV show that he hosted around 19 years ago. Kumar, now a Kerala legislator, allegedly called Joseph’s hotel room a number of times and asked the hotel authorities to put her in a room next to his.

Response: He has denied the allegations.

Current Status: No action as yet.

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Tamil poet Vairamuthu, Kerala MLA Mukesh refute allegations against them

Accusation: Sexual harassment

Two women journalists alleged that Kapoor behaved inappropriately with them by sending lewd messages that were unsolicited in 2007. One woman also alleged that he tried to forcefully kiss her.

Response: He has apologised.

Current Status: No action as yet.

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Actor Rajat Kapoor apologises after being accused of misconduct as #MeToo gains momentum in India

Accusation: Sexual harassment

Singer and musician Sona Mohapatra alleged Kher touched her inappropriately more than two years ago, during a meeting in Mumbai to discuss a forthcoming concert. Later, when she reached Dhaka for the concert, Mohapatra alleged Kher made repeated phone calls to her and asked her to join him in his hotel room.

Response: Kher said he was not aware of the incidents and expressed disappointed at the allegations.

Current Status: No action as yet.

Accusation: Sexual assault and harassment

A journalist accused him of assaulting her and exposing his genitals while she was interviewing him in the early 2000s. Another woman alleged that he harassed her in 2011 when she was working as his assistant director.

Response: He said he was taking the “moral responsibility” and stepping down as the director of the under-production film Housefull 4 “till he can allay the allegations against him”.

Current Status: The Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association on Monday issued a showcause notice to Khan.

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Two women accuse Bollywood director Sajid Khan of sexual harassment

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Accusation: Sexual assault and harassment

Filmmaker Leena Manimekalai alleged Tamil film director Susi Ganesan offered to drop her home in his car in 2005 and then “forced her to accompany him to his apartment”. He only let her go when she took out a knife she carried for her protection.

Response: Ganesan denied the allegations. He called Manimekalai “immoral” and threatened to move court if she did not apologise.

Current Status: No action as yet.

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Filmmaker Leena Manimekalai claims she wielded a knife to escape director Susi Ganesan’s predations

Comedy

Accusation: Sexual harassment

Several women have alleged Chakraborty sent unsolicited lewd text messages and sexually explicit images.

Response: He has apologised, saying he “can’t think of himself as a victim anymore.”

Current Status: Comedy group All India Bakchod took down their videos featuring Chakraborty.

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Mumbai Police looking into sexual harassment allegations against stand-up comedian Utsav Chakraborty

Literature

Accusation: Sexual harassment

At least two women journalists have accused Nagarkar of touching them inappropriately or making them uncomfortable while they were interviewing him.

Response: He has denied the allegations, saying “I am capable of no such thing”.

Current Status: No action as yet.

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Sexual harassment allegations pour in against many members of the media fraternity

Accusation: Sexual harassment

Two women journalists accused Bhagat of harassing them. Leaked screenshots showed Bhagat sent text messages declaring to one journalist that he had decided to “woo” her since she was “sweet and cute and funny”. Writer Ira Trivedi said he tried to kiss her when she met him some years ago.

Response: Bhagat apologised to the woman journalist who shared screenshots of their exchange, saying he “misread the friendliness”. He countered Trivedi’s allegations by releasing an email she had sent him.

Current Status: No action as yet.

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Advertising

Accusation: Sexual assault and harassment

A journalist has accused Seth of kissing her without consent while a film director has accused him of assaulting her at his home.

Response: None

Current Status: No action as yet.

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Two women accuse author Suhel Seth of sexually harassing them

Academia

Accusation: Sexual assault and harassment

In a public post on Facebook, independent journalist Surabhi Vaya alleged Mishra sexually assaulted her at his home two years ago.

Response: Mishra called the allegation “malicious and defamatory”. He said, “There’s absolutely nothing ever happened between us that can be termed as an ‘assault’, neither verbal, physical or sexual.”

Current Status: Mudra Institute of Communications, where Mishra is employed, said it had set up a special committee to investigate the allegations.

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MICA sets up inquiry into allegations against faculty member

Art

Accusation: Sexual harassment

At least two women publicly accused artist Jatin Das of making sexual advances when they met him for work. One of the women said Das tried to grab and kiss her in 2004. The other complained of an incident from 2013.

Response: Das called the allegations ‘vulgar’ and denied having met the women.

Current Status: No action as yet.

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Two women accuse Padma Bhushan-winning artist Jatin Das of sexual harassment