Sotheby’s India ex- MD, Gaurav Bhatia, has resigned from his post almost a month after he went on a “leave of absence” following the allegations of sexual misconduct.

Bhatia, who was the South Asia operations head and the “driving force” behind “Boundless: India”, Sotheby’s maiden auction in the country, put in his papers on December 20, 2018.

“Sotheby’s Managing Director of India, Gaurav Bhatia, resigned on December 20th, 2018 after two years with the company, during which time he launched the inaugural Mumbai auction. He now is the Chief Marketing Officer at Rare Billions of Luxury & Lifestyle industry.

Gaurav Bhatia, the ex managing director of auction house Sotheby’s India, resigned in December, a month after allegations of sexual harassment were made against him, PTI reported. Bhatia had gone on leave of absence in November, pending an inquiry into the allegations. At least four people had shared accounts of sexual harassment and in one case, physical assault by him.

The allegations include inappropriate touching and forcibly trying to kiss someone. The allegations were shared anonymously on the Instagram account ‘Scene and Herd’.

Bhatia’s profile, which is still on the auction house’s website, described him as the South Asia operations head and the driving force behind “Boundless: India”, Sotheby’s maiden auction in the country.

In the case of Bhatia, the allegations against him are concerning. If the allegations are true, Bhatia must be held accountable for his actions. Victims of sexual misconduct deserve justice, and it is crucial that those who engage in such behavior are not allowed to continue unchecked.

It is also essential to recognize the courage of those who come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct. It is not easy for victims to speak out, and they often face backlash and skepticism when they do. It takes immense bravery to share their stories, and it is essential that they are supported throughout the process.

In addition to holding perpetrators accountable, it is also necessary to address the broader cultural and societal factors that contribute to sexual misconduct. Toxic masculinity, gender-based discrimination, and a lack of education and awareness are all factors that enable sexual harassment and abuse to persist. Addressing these issues requires a sustained effort from all individuals and organizations.

In conclusion, the allegations against Bhatia are troubling and must be taken seriously. If the allegations are true, he must be held accountable for his actions.

He was among the major names in the Indian art world against whom accusations of sexual harassment were made during the #MeToo movement. Artists Jatin Das, Riyas Komu and Subodh Gupta were some of the other.

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