MeToo: What is MeToo? –#MeToo is a movement which was started against sexual harassment and sexual assault. In simple terms it can be said that MeToo is a campaign which have different names but carries common goal against those who sexually harass women. The MeToo hashtag took the social media by storm in Oct 2017.
Person Behind #MeToo
The movement was started by Hollywood Actress Alyssa Milano on Twitter but Tarana Burke can be called the original motivator who started it in 2006. Tarana Burke is a Community Organizer and Social Activist by profession. The #MeToo gets momentum when many celebrities from Hollywood raised their voices on Social Media about their stories, including Jennifer Lawrence, Uma Thurman, Ashley Judd, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Existance of #MeToo in India
Sept 27,2018 was the date when Bollywood Actress Tanushree Dutta accused the vetner actor Nana Patekar for harassing her on the sets of “Horn Ok Please” movie. She also accused choreographer Ganesh Acharya and director Rakesh Sarang for supporting Nana Patekar. Tanushree Dutta went further and accused Chocolate Movie Director Vivek Agnihotri for asking her to remove clothes in front of Irrfan Khan and Suniel Shetty during acting. Her allegations sparked the MeToo Controversy in India. The Movement went further when several women’s raised their voice against MJ Akbar (the Minister of State for External Affairs) for sexual harassing his female colleagues at work place.
How Bollywood get Jolted by MeToo:
The month of October gave some serious blows to Bollywood when some leading and renowned names came in limelight with MeToo controversy. A few of them are: Sajid Khan, Subhash Ghai, Anu Malik, Rohit Roy, Alok Nath, Chetan Bhagat, Kailash Kher, Vikas Bahl, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Bhushan Kumar. On October 21, 2018 – Music director Anu Malik was suspended from the jury panel of Indian Idol after facing multiple allegations made by his female colleagues for sexual harassment. Same happened with our so-called-sanskari-and-creative personalities Alok Nath and Sajid Khan when multiple allegations were imposed on both for sexually harassing and assaulting. For this, both Alok Nath and Sajid Khan got notice from IFTDA (Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association) and their cases are pending in Separate Courts. In a wake up of MeeToo movement, leading actors Akshay Kumar & Aamir Khan took up a stand and cancelled their shoots with the convicts.
What will shock you now? Happened Recently!
The recent case came in of famous Singer Mika Singh who was in Dubai to perform a Bollywood award show ‘Masala awards’. The Dubai Police has arrested the singer and currently lodged him at Muraqqabaat police station. Some sources confirmed that the Actor has been arrested on the complaint of 17-year-old Brazilian model. She said in her statement to the police that the alleged Singer had sent inappropriate photos to her. The arrest was made today (7th DEC) at 3 am from Bur Dubai.
Has #MeeToo Changed Something?
MeToo is a journey towards opposing the wrong. The movement can get hype only when some strict rules will be implemented by the judiciary system of India against culprits, because – as we all know, many cases are always pending and the culprits are not getting punishment. Moreover, our society has to be aware and raise their voice. For now, our society cut off with the people raising voice against wrong!
Terrific thread. https://t.co/bjZOVsznEg
— #MeTooIndia (@IndiaMeToo) 7 December 2018
As a columnist, I strongly Support all those Women who showed the courage and raised their Voice against Sexual Misconduct done against them, but I do want that other side should also be listened by the panel in judiciary because All Men are not Rapist.