NEW DELHI, Oct 24: In continuing with the dialogue on #MeToo and it’s movement in India, First Post, an online media portal in its series of conversations, recently organised a Facebook live online discussion about MeToo and its inclusivity.
The panelist at 12 pm on Tuesday saw women rights activists and leaders from marginalised and unrepresented sections of the country such as Divya Kandukuri (Mumbai), Nidhi Goyal (Mumbai), Ngurang Reena and Christina Thomas Dhanaraj (Beijing but originally from Chennai) from dalit, tribal and differently-abled sections taking part.
They discussed on the need for inclusivity in the movement and how to ensure it. Although a commendable movement, they agreed how it hasn’t reached the rural and tribal areas.
Reena, who represented voice of the NE India, said: “I look at MeToo movement as a revolution and we all need to support one another. Things like this should be gender neutral as anyone could be a victim of power and lust but living in a patriarchal society it takes pain and time to speak up as women. When we are doing it now let’s talk and support each other. Referring to her state Arunachal Pradesh, she said that, education and empowerment should come first in tribal region then only we can have an effective MeToo. This revolution could be ignited in NE where invariably women are ill treated, said added Reena, a research scholar of JNU, adding one could be join the movement by getting hooked to:
Actress Jacqueline Fernandez has supported #MeToo movement by saying that gender dialogue is long overdue not just in a film industry but in the society as well. She also feels that sexual predators are present everywhere. Jacqueline was interacting with media after walking the ramp Tuesday for a brand along with Kanika Kapoor here on.
She says that from now on, people will not mess with anybody, be it a girl, a boy or a kid. “I feel the whole confidence of women in our country is growing which is really nice so, kudos to all the girls and boys who are coming up and sharing their stories. This #MeToo movement is absolutely wonderful for our country and for the world. I hope that we all make this country and the world a better place to live,” she said.
The #MeToo movement has gained momentum in India after Tanushree Dutta accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of harassment.
Following her revelation, accusations are being levelled against some powerful personalities in politics, media and the entertainment industry, including Sajid Khan, Rajat Kapoor, Kailash Kher, Alok Nath, Vikas Bahl, MJ Akbar, Anirban Blah, Ashish Patil, painter Jatin Das, writer Varun Grover, casting director Vicky Sidana, Mukesh Chhabra and among others. (Agency)
The British #MeToo scandal which cannot be revealed
Interestingly, a leading businessman has been granted an injunction against global daily The Telegraph to prevent this newspaper revealing alleged sexual harassment and racial abuse of staff, investigations editor Claire Newell reported on Wednesday
The accusations against the businessman, who cannot be identified, would be sure to reignite the #MeToo movement against the mistreatment of women, minorities and others by powerful employers.
#MeToo became a worldwide social media campaign last year after revelations about Harvey Weinstein, the American movie mogul. Like Weinstein, the British businessman used controversial non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to silence and pay off his alleged victims with “substantial sums”.
NDAs have been commonly used in business to protect matters of commercial confidentiality but there are concerns they are now being abused to cover up wrongdoing and deter victims of potential crimes from going to police.
Theresa May has already indicated that she plans to restrict the use of NDAs to prevent abuse, but Parliament has yet to consider changes to the law and campaigners are urging the Prime Minister to act now.
On Tuesday night, Maria Miller, who chairs the Commons Women and Equality committee, said it was “shocking” that NDAs were still being used to gag victims and should not be used “where there are accusations of sexual misconduct and wider bullying”.