#MeToo – The Effectiveness Lurking Within the Hype

Following the global outrage over the Harvey Weinstein incident in the west, where the noted Hollywood producer was accused of sexual harassment by over 70 women, the #MeToo movement has finally arrived in India, engulfing the political, media, and entertainment industry.
In a patriarchal society where sexual assault victims are still routinely blamed, Indian women have taken to social media to share detailed accounts of male entitlement, casual misogyny, sexual harassment and alleged molestation by former bosses and colleagues at work, by saying #MeToo. This solidarity is powerful since it is rare to see such a large group of people identifying others suffering as their own, and demanding justice.
However, with great support, comes great criticism. Today, people are in a dilemma over where to locate responsibility for sexual abuse: whether it is a woman’s responsibility to withstand and overcome the misogyny that she encounters, or whether it is the shared responsibility of all of us to eliminate it, so that she never encounters it in the first place.
There is a very thin line between the believers of the movement and the people who have become blind feminazis. The campaign is on the verge of becoming a movement where the actual voices that need to be heard are drowning because #MeToo is at times being used for not so apparent reasons.
Moreover, we’re acting as hypocrites when we believe in principles of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ while at the same time, the accused have already been fired from their jobs, and socially been declared sexual predators by the public and media. 
So, it is hight time to step up for all those women and men who have had to ever go through the painful and misogynistic dark side of the society and for those who have been suffering because of false baseless claims driven by a selfish motive

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