Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Will the #MeToo movement change India?

Will the #MeToo movement change India?

A total of 37 percent of women this year told Fairygodboss they have experienced some form of sexual harassment at work.

The firestorm has had a powerful impact.

India's Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar (front) arrives in Venezuela's Caribbean island of Margarita for the 17th Non-Aligned Summit in Venezuela Sept. 14, 2016.

Saloni Chopra also said that Sajid Khan used to talk about the size of his penis and asked her to touch and feel it several times. He has not yet responded to the allegations and foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, did not comment either. She added that sex harassment complaints should be allowed even 10-15 years later. Be it eve-teasing or molestation in a public transport, there are laws to protect women.

The most recent name to have been bearing responsibility for their actions is All India Bakchod, one of the biggest comedy groups of India. But critics say many organisations are not adhering to the letter of the law, or only paying lip service to it. Thanks to her, the most famed #Metoo movement from the west is now gaining momentum in India as well. "It must have happened, but someone else would have done it", Nath said.

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The NCW said it has urged victims of sexual abuse to register their written complaints with authorities concerned, including with the National Commission for Women. On the other hand, it is bringing consequences for harassers.

The following day, company partners Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane dissolved Phantom Films. The other partners apologized for mishandling her complaint. Two weeks ago, Tanushree Dutta, his co-star from the 2008 film Horn OK Pleassss, had accused him of sexual misconduct during a song shoot. "Naming and shaming will go a long way in lessening the pain these women have been carrying", she said. "The floodgates to women's anger have been opened".

"Fully supporting the MeToo campaign", Maliwal appealed to "women and girls of nation that if they have gone through any incident of molestation, harassment or rape, then they must come forward and report it so that devils who are living in this society can be brought before law", she said in a statement. Unfortunately, she was not served justice by the Rajasthan High Court and the rapists were let free.

This is not the first time when efforts have been made to bring the #MeToo movement to India, but in the past it has quickly faded away. These cases have been elephants in the rooms for the last 25 years.

But lawyer Vrinda Grover calls the ongoing spontaneous campaign a "significant moment" in the effort to address workplace harassment. The committee is required to consist of a Presiding Officer who is supposed be a senior level woman employee. In less than a week, at least nine women journalists have accused Akbar of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior when he was a newspaper editor in Kolkata and Delhi.

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