India’s #MeToo Movement Suddenly Takes Off
From the past week, India’s #MeToo campaign is spreading in two of the country’s most powerful industries: entertainment and the news media.
What is #MeToo Movement?
The Me Too movement, is a movement against sexual harassment. It spread virally in October 2017 as a hashtag used on social media (Twitter) in an attempt to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace.
It was about time that the #MeToo movement arrived in India. Since then, more and more women across fields have called out men who have taken advantage of their power and position to sexually harass and/or abuse them.
From celebrities to journalists to ministers, India’s #MeToo movement is taking down powerful men in its wake.
#MeToo Movement: Celebs Who Spoke
Jwala Gutta Shares Her ‘Me Too’ Moment, Speaks Out Against Selection Bias
“Since 2006…till 2016…have been thrown out of the team again and again and again..inspite of my performances…2009 I was back in the team when I was world no.9.,” she said. “So when this person couldn’t get through to me…he threatened my partners, harassed them, made sure to isolate me in every manner. Even after Rio, the one who I was gonna play mixed with was threatened. And I was just thrown out of the team.”
Samantha Akkineni thank survivors for sharing their stories
Samantha’s tweet comes a day after a couple of big names in the Tamil film industry were accused of being repeat offenders. “…many little girls with your voice . Thankyou . I support the #MeTooIndia movement,” she added.
Aishwarya Rai opens up on #MeToo
Aishwarya on Monday said, “I have always spoken out. I spoke in the past, I am speaking now, and I will continue to speak.” She said, “When it comes to helping women find their voice, find the strength, feel confident about sharing their stories, it’s not about the current time. This has been going on since a lot of time and I am glad it has found a certain momentum today.”
MJ Akbar ( Minister of State for External Affairs) accused of sexual harassment by senior journalist
Priya Ramani, the first journalist to go public with the allegations, identified Akbar as the unnamed editor whose inappropriate behaviour she had written about in an article last year.
Kangana Ranaut Accuses Queen Director Vikas Bahl Of Sexual Harassment
Kangana Ranaut, who played the lead role in Vikas Bahl’s Queen, has accused the director of sexually harassing on the sets of the 2014 film. During a recent interview with India Today, Kangana spoke up in support of the survivor who accused the director of sexual harassment.
Singer Chinmayi Sripaada Names Poet Vairamuthu In #MeToo Story; Siddharth Tweets Support
As #MeToo movement gathers momentum in India, playback singer Chinmayi Sripaada accused Tamil poet lyricist Vairamuthu of harassing her when they were both in Switzerland for an album launch or a book launch (she’s not sure) in 2005 or 2006. Chinmayi Sripaada tweeted her #MeToo story after sharing stories of anonymous survivors for days.
Founders Tanmay Bhat, Gursimran Khamba out of AIB ‘until further notice’
In light of the allegations of misconduct against All India Bakchod founders Tanmay Bhat and Gursimran Khamba, the comedy collective announced on Monday that Tanmay will be stepping away from the business immediately, and Gursimran Khamba will take a leave of absence.
On #MeToo allegation, author Chetan Bhagat’s apology in Facebook post
Author Chetan Bhagat has apologised in a Facebook post after a woman journalist shared a WhatsApp chat on social media amid a #metoo movement that has seen several women accuse public figures of sexual harassment.
He clarified that he had not sent her any obscene messages or photos and had deleted her number too after the conversation.
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