Walking on the road, sitting in a bus, travelling by a train, or working in an office. Which of these is the most secure place for a woman?
I bet no one can answer this because there isn’t any secure place. Be it any place some indecent man or I should rather say some creeps always finds a way to sexually assault the lady he lays his eye on.
Saaree, Skirt, Salwar and Burqa all in the same room,
Discussing just one thing under the doom.
What’s their fault, why are they being assaulted?
For the crime of others, why is their life halted?
So to empower these women, to give them a platform to share their story, me too movement was started. It is a movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault with many local and international alternatives as a hashtag used on social media in an attempt to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace. It spread virally in October 2017 after the sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein. A large number of women have then come forward to share their stories of the instances when they were sexually harassed.
In a world where women are worshiped as goddess, the same women are also treated as an object by men to fulfill their heinous desire. They forget that these women are the ones who gave them birth, who played with them in childhood as a sister, who supports them throughout their life as a wife and becomes their shadow as their daughter.
Sexual discrimination, harassment and abuses are everywhere. They are not isolated, not rare and not confined to the powerful or famous. They constitute an on-going systemic crisis and yet we are not taking it seriously. We still ask the woman if she is sure. We instead question her courage. Some even advice them to shut up and not take the matter outside.
But till when shall all these things continue? Till when should a woman be answerable for the wrongs happening with her? Till when are we going to blame the women? When will we start questioning the man responsible?
Recently Tanushree Dutta stood up and filed a case against Nana Patekar for sexually harassing her on a film set in 2008. She had also named choreographer Ganesh Acharya in the complaint registered. She had earlier protested the incident 10 years ago, but in return she got political threats and a violent attack by activists of the “Maharashtra Navnirman Sena”. So now instead of asking her what took her so long to come up with the incident, let us all come together to stand by her and appreciate her courage and take down the men involved in such heinous acts.
Not just Nana Patekar or Ganesh Acharya, but many big names have come up including the likes of Chetan Bhagat, Kailash Kher, Kanan Gill, Utsav Chakraborty, Vivek Agnihotri, Vikas Bahl, Jeeveshu Ahluwalia and many more.
So now instead of listening to people like Nana Patekar, for once let’s lend our ears to people like Tanushree Dutta. So next time you hear a me too story from a woman, instead of questioning her try and help her in punishing the criminal.
Me too. It’s just 2 words and yet tells thousands of different stories.