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Jaipur Literature Festival: please support MeToo India, stand against sexual harassment

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Dear organizers of the Jaipur Literature Festival,

We write today regarding the serious and credible allegations of sexual harassment made recently against a number of men in and around the literary world, as part of the MeToo movement in India. We, the undersigned, are dismayed, saddened and angered by these accounts. We admire the work that the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) undertakes. As India's largest and most recognised literature festival, we believe JLF is ideally placed to take the lead in addressing this urgent issue.

To this end, we ask that the festival takes a firm stand by supporting MeToo, issuing a statement declaring zero tolerance of sexual harassment. We ask that you ensure that those who have been credibly named are not invited to attend this year (if invited already, to rescind the invitation). We ask JLF to provide a forum for redressal, should complaints arise within the space of the festival this year and in the future

This is an important opportunity. As a literary community, and with JLF as a showcase to the world, it is vital that we do not ignore it.



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