The #MeToo movement: how its emerged and its impact

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Here are some updates on #MeToo campaign India.

  • The MeToo campaign has gained an unexpected momentum by spreading so far and wide and taking down the names of so many renown personalities.
  • The Indian Filmmaker Vikas Bahl has filed defamation case claiming 10Cr over Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane.
  • The Cine and TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA) has formulated a special committee to deal with the #MeToo allegations and cases that have recently filed.
  • The committee includes actors like Raveena Tandon, journalist Bharati Dubey, Amole Gupte, Renuka Shahane, three members of POSH at Workplace (Prevention of Sexual Harassment at the workplace).

The list of people being accused of the allegation is getting longer day by day, while many of the accused retorted by filing an FIR against the accusations and rather called some of them as false, for other it has been really tough to accept it and face the consequences or even fight it.

The recently #MeToo accused KWAN founder Shri Anirban Das  Bhah tried to attempt suicide after it came to notice that he has been accused of sexual harassment. He was asked to step aside from his duties at KWAN immediately. He was rescued by the traffic Police of Vashi, Mumbai and was later on handed over to his family. The police said he was extremely upset and was denying all the allegations he was accused of.

Here are some updates on MeToo campaign and a list of accused people that came into limelight after the #MeToo movement triggered off:

  • Nana Patekar was accused of sexual harassment by the former actress Tanushree Dutta that took place in the year 2008, on the sets of the film “Horn ‘OK’ Pleasss”.
  • Media Personality Vinod Dua has been accused by Nishtha Jain for harassing her in the year 1989.
  • Sajid Khan has been accused by three women, actor Rachel White, assistant director Saloni Chopra and a journalist, for sexually harassing them in the past.
  • Subhash Ghai, a 73-year-old director has been accused by an anonymous woman.  
  • MJ Akbar has recently resigned from his post of minister of external affairs after he was accused of sexual harassment by many of his women colleagues. He has also taken legal actions against them by calling these accusations as ‘baseless and wild’.
  • Vikas Bahl has also been accused of sexual harassment by a female employee of phantom films.
  • Kailash Kher has also been accused of making sexual advances by female singers Sona Mohapatra and Varsha Singh Dhanoa.
  • Alok Nath, 62-year-old actor has also been accused of sexual harassment by Indian actress Sandhya Mridul and of molesting and raping multiple times by TV writer, director and producer Vinta Nanda.
  • Chetan Bhagat, a well- known Indian author was also accused of making certain advances a decade ago by writer Ira Trivedi.
  • Anu Malik had to quit Indian Idol 10 after he has been charged with sexual harassment by Shweta Pandit, Sona Mohapatra, Alisha Chinai and one more woman. Sona Mohapatra became vocal about it, which was later backed by Shweta Pandit
  • Another #MeToo accusation, this time it is Indian actress Kritika Sharma. She has filed a complaint against Casting Director Vicky Sidana. The incident of sexual assault and rape attempt (as stated by Kritika) took place in 2013. Since the case dates back to 2013, the police refused to file the FIR before an investigation is made. She then went to the Home Ministry and filed her complaint.
  • The #Metoo blow has not mellowed down yet. Filmmaker Sajid Khan has been suspended for one year from IFTDA (Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association).  After being accused by the victims, he did accept that his behavior has been impolite and that he had had sexual relations with women, but with their consent.  His membership will be reviewed after a year.
  • Sotheby’s India MD was taken down by the #Metoo movement. The anonymous allegations like inappropriate touching and forcibly trying to kiss the victims on Social Media has led Gaurav Bhatia to resign

Making a sensation globally last year the #MeToo or #MeToo movement has not mellowed down as yet, rather there is a rapid increase in people opening about sexual harassment they have faced in lives. The term was first used by an African-American actress Tarana Burke, when she was told by a teenage girl about her sexual harassment and the actress replied with a ‘me too’. However, the term started to spread after the American Actress and liberal activist Alyssa Milano promoted it and help spread the use of hashtags after she accused American film producer Harvey Weinstein of Sexual Harassment.

#MeToo movement

The #MeToo movement aims to unite victims and help them gather the courage to speak about it if at any point in time they have been harassed, especially at workplaces. After the term spread so wide and rapid, many companies have tried to amend their rules especially regarding the women safety and also redesigned the pay scale, trying it make it equivalent for men and women both.

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After it was started by the western women, it gained immense popularity among the women of other countries as well, and India wasn’t left behind, where women from all walks of life participated in the #MeToo movement, huge participation came from the women in the film and entertainment industry, who came out and opened up about how they have been sexually assaulted in the past by some of the well-known names of the industry.

Actress Kangana

Here are some the original posts:

That’s what actress Tanushree Dutta has to say:

Actress Kangana has been very strong and courageous when it comes to being a feminist:

#Kangana accused #Hritik of stalking CJM

Vinita Nanda also came forward and talked about harassment she faced because of Alok Nath. Here’s Vinita Nanda #MeToo post

Vinita Nanda


Sandhya Mridul also became vocal about the harassment she had to face because of Alok Nath. Here’s Sandhya Mridul’s #MeToo post

Saloni Chopra also told her story of harassment at the hands of film producer Sajid Khan. Here’s Saloni Chopra’s #MeToo post.

After Saloni, actress Rachel White also came out as to how she was harassed by Sajid Khan. Here’s Rachel White’s #MeToo post.

A positive change that this movement brought is that it was not only women that became vocal about it, but many men also showed tremendous courage by accepting that they were assaulted too. Such revelations do provide strength and courage to the ones who silently bear and suffer such violations. Here’s Adhyayan Suman’s post.

The movement has brought many positive changes. Many people have started sharing their ordeals. We hope that this would also work as a strong deterrent and women get a safer working environment, which they truly deserve.

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