“#Me Too” is a movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault, with many local and international alternatives. In October, 2017 Me Too movement got viral as a hashtag used on social media. Me Too movement got viral in an attempt to exhibit the widespread manifestation of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace. Tarana Burke, an American activist and community organizer began the phrase “Me Too” in 2006. This phrase got popular later by American actress Alyssa Milano, on Twitter in 2017. Alyssa Milano and Michael Baker encouraged and inspired victims of sexual harassment to tweet about their pathetic experience and make people aware about this problems.
The Me Too movement is a historic turning point for women. The rise of Me Too movement in India ensures an architectonic shift in work, culture and gender equations. In India women has entered in a new era. In October 2017 from all over the world, millions of women came forward on Twitter and Facebook to share their personal experiences of being sexually harassed using the hashtag #Me Too. This phrase became a worldwide sensation after actress Ayssa Milano wrote to the Twitter users to post “Me Too” about their experience of any sexual harassment, or worse on 16th October. Naturally Twitter and Facebook was flooded with #Me Too.
The Me Too movement is revealing the real face of our present society. Women are stepping forward and sharing their #MeToo moments of sexual harassment or abuse. Sexual harassment is really not a new term for our society, but there was lack of confidence and courage in women to stand for themselves. Me Too movement has helps women greatly to take a move for themselves.
This Me Too movement was taken for some purposes like;
- Awareness of empathy,
- Policies and laws,
- Media coverage,
- Issues with social norms,
- Reform and implementation.
The phrase “MeToo” was tweeted on October 15, 2017, by Milano and it had been used 200,000 times by until the end of the day. It was tweeted more than 500,000 times by October 16. 4.7 million people used the hashtag on Facebook in 12 million posts during the first 24 hours. This incredible movement had a great impact on lots of perspectives like Church, Finance, Government, Politics, Sport, Music, Military etc.
#MeToo in India:
The Me Too movement has reached to India as #MeTooIndia and exposing the real faces of many famous personalities along with the corporate world. Many famous names has been accused in this campaign.
- Tanushree Dutta – Nana Patekar: Recently Tanushree Dutta has accused Nana Patekar for inappropriate behavior by Nana Patekar on the film set of Horn Ok Please. Other celebrities also came in support of her in this accident. Tanushree Dutta also filed a written complaint about her allegations. Though many controversies has aroused in this incident.
- Kangana Ranaut – Vikas Bahl: Kangana Ranaut also accused Vikas Bahl for her bitter experience while working on the set of ‘Queen’ movie in 2005.
- Vinita Nanda – Alok Nath: An Indian director Vinita Nanda accused Alok nath that he raped her.
- Chetan Bhagat- Chetan Bhagat, a famous writer also accused of his conversation with a woman.
- Rajaat Kapoor- One of the finest actors of Indian Bollywood, Rajat Kapoor is also accused by two women for sexual abuse. Later on, Rajat Kapoor posted an apology on Twitter.
Though lots of famous personalities came forward being accused in this MeToo movement, still there are so many controversies and opinions about the fact and the disguised story for popularity or mere trick for gathering attention.
In India the Me Too movement got viral basically after Tanushree Dutta’s shocking revelation about her co-actor Nana Patekar of her experience of sexual harassment. After this the Me Too movement spread across the country like a wildfire and now gaining momentum. Many women across India are now opening up about their experience of sexual assault in the past. Filmmaker Sajid Khan has also been accused of sexual misbehavior by multiple women. First, journalist Karishma Upadhyay accused that Sajid Khan had harassed her then actress Saloni Chopra and Rachel White alleged him for the same incident.
Nana Patekar and Sajid Khan both are working on the fourth instalment of the hit movie Housefull with Akshay Kumar as the lead. Reacting on the ongoing controversy, Twinkle Khanna tweeted “Appalled hearing multiple incidents of harassment and it is truly horrific to hear what these women have been through. Everyone involved in Housefull needs to take a firm stance on this issue. This cannot go on”.
After this tweet Akshay Kumar came back to India from Italy and has requested to the producers of the film to cancel the shoot until further investigation. He has tweeted that he will not work with any proven perpetrators.
There are also incidents of false accusations like;
In the case of Zaira Wasim we can see that how badly one can use social media to the effect of proving someone guilt without enough investigation and proofs. In this case Zaira was travelling from Delhi to Mumbai on a Vistara flight in which her co-passenger put up his legs on the armset of hers. During this two hour flight journey she did complaint for this for a single time to crew members, and even after landing the concerned authorities told her to reporet it but she didn’t. But soon after she stepped out of the airpost she started rolling tears on Instagram and suddenly all fraternity from all across the nation stepped forward to support her. But later it was found that actually the co-passenger was tired and dozed off as soon as the flight took off. In this nation it was possible as we live in a world of attention deficit disorder.
Another incident, on August 23,2015, Jasleen Kaur, a Delhi St Stephen College student posted a photo of a man on her Facebook profile, accusing that man of passing abusive comments at her and threatened her as she pulled out her phone to click his picture. Again without knowing the actual truth the entire nation stood up for the girl and the man was tagged with the term “Pervert” and the girl got a huge popularity.
Pros and cons of Me Too movement:
Every single thing has an action and reaction. Like that, this Me Too movement also has some pros and cons that must be considered;
- It is a real step for women empowerment that gives every women justice.
- Gives the victims a way to speak out for themselves.
- Victims who can’t come front of the world, has the way on internet to speak out.
- It gives victims courage and confidence.
- People can support others without any fear.
- Women have option to voice their adversity.
- Many innocents can be accused for lack of evidence.
- Men are getting paranoid.
- False accusations are easier to put for anyone.
- Slanders are getting courage to report any false charge of harassment.
- There will be no superiority or inferiority among men and women.
- Like other social campaigns it also lacks proper logic, point and evidence.
How far the MeToo Movement justify in India:
Me Too first became popular on 2017, when women came out with their horrible experience of sexual harassment on social media. Recently in India this movement got viral like fire after actress Tanushree Dutta alleged Nana patekar for sexual abuse. #MeToo is undoubtedly is a great step for women in India. It’s a new era for feminism. This movement gave power to women to speak out about their horrifying experience to take a step for themselves for justice.
But there is need of enough evidence for justifying any accusation. Like Tanushree Dutta’s case is ten years’ old. She didn’t think once to take a move for her in those ten years regarding that incident. Suddenly after this long ten years she is accusing and there she is getting a huger support also. Just like her many other women are taking step for themselves on social media, telling their horrifying experience of sexual abuse. Just on the basis of their words all support them, instead of proper evidence.
In some perspectives this Me Too movement is not going too far properly in India like;
- As not males are rapists and not all women are innocent sometimes it can be false accusation on some innocent men.
- Instead of legal step like reporting to police the whole incidents are getting viral only on social media.
- Instead of knowing the real truth everybody is just flowing with the trend.
- Females, who are sexual workers by wish or profession they also accusing peoples.
How much this is genuine for a nation? As this is not a female oriented or male oriented nation every right should be equalized. Instead of rumors or fake allegations, truth, evidence should be taken as first priority to establish justice.
Thoughts of Me Too movement:
The hashtag #metoo is actually kind of a clone of #YouOkSis, which was aimed at curbing drastic street harassment, experienced by Black Women in 2014. The problem with Me Too movement is the same problem like any other movement has. It was started with good intentions and was getting popularity to people. At a time this movement has good and bad sides as one side women have courage and confidence to speak out, to take a step for themselves, but on other hand many have abused the power as they have made false statements and put fake accusation on social media to get mere popularity, sympathy and attention obviously. On Google there are lots of stories about women’ horrible experience of sexual harassment for Me Too movement but as everything has a good and bad side this also have. Though Me Too has given power in hands of women but still there are many to abuse this power. So instead of some mere false accusations proper investigations, proofs should get priority must. Only then there will be justice to everybody. It’s rather important to know than the actual truth than flowing with the random flow towards popularity by fake charges or accusations and moreover victims must get proper justice on the basis of enough evidence.