How the #MeToo movement is sweeping into India
The #Metoo movement has swept into India, where more women are coming out more than ever about their sexual assault experiences. Tanushree Dutta, the recipient of Femina Miss India Universe in 2004, sparked the movement when she accused actor Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her on the sets of Horn ‘Ok’ Pleassss in 2008.
Dutta’s allegation against Patekar sparked discussion among other celebrities in the Bollywood Film Industry. She has gained the support of many actors and actresses such as Varun Dhawan, Sonam Kapoor, Kangana Raunat and Swara Bhaskar. Additionally, many other celebrities also gained support to narrate their sexual harassment experiences on social media.
In a recent interview with ETimes, actress Rashi Mal shared her opinion on the #MeToo movement, “I think it is about time the movement came to India. The first time around I did not see any names; although, it did highlight the magnitude and scale of the problem. But what is happening now will definitely help purge the system and make it safer for girls to work in. We have all been subjected to stuff like this in one way or another. It takes great courage to speak up and I greatly admire all those who are standing up against abuse and harassment.”
Furthermore, Indians gained inspiration from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in America who testified against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who sexually assaulted her in high school. Dr. Ford had the courage to narrate her assault experience and speak against her perpetrator, who went on to become one of the most powerful men in America.
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Multiple women in journalism have posed allegations on male editors and reporters due to cases of rape and sexual assault.