#MeToo movement gathers momentum in India
#MeToomovement has emerged in India, again, with Bollywood celebrities, media personalities and politicians being called out on behaving inappropriately.
- While some people have been forced to leave these respective jobs, others are filing defamation lawsuits.
Alok Nath, the 'cultured elder' of Bollywood has been accused of sexual assault.
The first allegation was leveled against
It’s been three days and #MeToo movement has hit comedians, reporters, authors, actors and filmmakers. More importantly, and finally, it seems to have spurred some actual action and change.
Impact so far
While India’s #MeToo movement has been pushing a lot of important men from their positions in their respective industries, it is also witnessing people retaliating by filing defamation lawsuits against women. Some tweets have already started to disappear from the social messaging platform.
In Bollywood, Vikas Bahl, one of the founders of Phantom Films, was accused of forcing himself upon one of the members of the crew and subsequently masturbating in front of her. On Saturday, the Bollywood production house responsible for the Netflix show Sacred Games, was dissolved.
My statement in light of the recent HuffPost article and breaking up of Phantom . There are two pages.. https://t.co/WCAsaj6uFR— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) 1538902775000
Reports also indicate that he’s been dropped from the show he was going to direct for Amazon Prime Video and will be left out of the movie promotions of Super 30.
More heads went rolling soon after. The head of HR at AIB issued a statement communicating that with Chakraborty and
Statement https://t.co/KR5tM2sYuX— All India Bakchod (@AllIndiaBakchod) 1538993771000
The comedy collective is being heavily criticized for its double standards where, on the one hand, they preached messages of equality and safety and on the other, they acted in the opposite manner in their own lives.
The Sanskaari Babuji (cultured elder) of Bollywood, Alok Nath, has also been accused by
"I have waited for this moment to come for 19 years." @vintananda's heart-wrenching post which reaffirms that… https://t.co/uDvYaEP8Ie— Shephali Bhatt (@ShephaliBhatt) 1539014139000
When Zoom TV asked for his response to the accusation, he said, “Firstly let’s not blame the alcohol. Secondly, it’s her perspective.”
"First of all, let's not blame alcohol. Secondly, it's her perspective."- Actor @aloknath speaks exclusively to our… https://t.co/AXQCFjOnfs— Zoom TV (@ZoomTV) 1539073296000
In the media world, the chief of bureau at
Even the politicians are under the scanner with Minister MJ Akbar also having allegations leveled against him.
I began this piece with my MJ Akbar story. Never named him because he didn’t “do” anything. Lots of women have wors… https://t.co/aDttzAm4L6— Priya Ramani (@priyaramani) 1539002727000
While these allegations are being addressed, there’s a parallel conversation about as to what counts as ‘consent’. Encounters range from ones that are downright creepy to those that included suggestive text messages, unwanted sexual advances and assault. All this has thrown the debate open wider - while some caution against judging anyone’s experience, others have been propagating that there should be a stricter definition of consent.
But India’s #MeToo movement is far from over, there are new names and allegations surfacing every day. And honestly, if you ask us, this was a long time coming.