#MeToo movement in India: NCW asks sexual abuse survivors to lodge formal complaints

Oct 11, 2018 09:57 IST
#MeToo movement in India: NCW asks sexual abuse survivors to lodge formal complaints

As the #MeToo movement gets bigger in India, the National Commission for Women (NCW) on October 10, 2018 urged the victims of sexual abuse to register their written complaints with authorities concerned, including with the National Commission for Women.

The commission took note of the #MeToo accusations and noticed that in many such cases of sexual harassment, the victims do not want to go beyond naming and shaming the alleged offenders and lodge a formal complaint.

The commission appreciated the bravery shown by those who have spoken out and came forward to help punish the persons responsible for such incidents. It condemned any act of invasion of private space of women.

Taking a serious note of the instances of sexual harassment of women that have been figured in the media recently, the commission is of the considered view that such violation infringes the constitutional rights of women and the perpetrators of such violence need to be penalised as per law.

#MeToo movement gathers force in India

Almost a year after the #MeToo movement took flight in the Hollywood with the Harvey Weinstein expose, the movement has now arrived in the Bollywood, Indian film industry; and is spreading through India.

The #MeToo movement started after former Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta alleged that Nana Patekar sexually harassed her on a movie set in 2008. However, Patekar has rejected Dutta's allegations and said he made the same denial 10 years ago.

The movement has recently gained momentum in India as more women have begun sharing their experiences of sexual harassment on social media.

To name a few, these brave women are actress Kangana Ranaut, actress Sandhya Mridul, writer-director-producer Vinta Nanda, singer Sona Mohapatra, journalist Avantika Mehta, writer Mahima Kukreja, reporter Anoo Bhuyan, journalist Sandhya Menon, and many more.

Many well-known comedians, journalists, and actors have been named and shamed on social media as allegations of sexual misconduct continue to burst out.

#MeToo movement of Hollywood

The #MeToo movement began as a hashtag on Twitter in 2017 amid the Harvey Weinstein incident. Created by Alyssa Milano, the movement soon found support with noted Hollywood actors Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Lawrence, and Uma Thurman.

The movement was chosen as the Person of the Year by the Time magazine. It also gave birth to the more militant Time’s Up campaign.

Before it became a hashtag, the Me Too Movement had been around for over 10 years. It was launched in 2006 by Tarana Burke, an activist from Harlem, to help underprivileged women of colour affected by sexual abuse.


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