The #MeToo movement has made me think more than I usually do. Every morning when I read the newspaper a news perspective arises.
When I read the sexual harassment stories of multiple women, many thoughts emerged. One thought which remains in my head is how these big names try to lure young talented girls in the name of guidance or appreciation.
Journalist Shree Paradkar has accused award-winning artist and Nandita Das’ father Mr Jatin Das of sexual harassment. This is what he said to lure her: “You are very bright. You have a lot of potential. Write a few lines of what you feel every day, and it will become great poetry.”
These simple encouraging lines are not uncommon. Most of us have heard it in our young age and of course feel proud too. When you are young and just starting your career, such encouraging lines remain with you for a long time. It is very disappointing to see that such comments are used to get the attention of the young minds for unscrupulous actions.
Likewise, when I read about Vairamuthu and how he used his close association with music composer AR Rehman to harass young artists looking to build a career in music. Similar accusations were levelled against the famous journalist-turned-politician MJ Akbar who did not hesitate to try these tricks again and again on young talented women; saying things like “Watch me shower.” “Can I give you a massage?” “A shoulder rub?” “I’m ready for my blow job now.” “Are you married?”
Vinta Nanda and Sandhya Mridul’s allegations against actor Alok Nath are equally shocking. How can a person act so monstrous without any fear of consequence? Who permitted such people to feel that they get away with this? Do they recollect and feel guilty of their actions or enjoy further?
In my view, this #MeToo campaign is a good thing which has happened. The need here is for the young, career-oriented generation to keep it in mind not to let anyone take advantage of their situation, no matter what. It is not okay to let anyone touch you inappropriately without your consent. And most importantly, it is necessary that you raise your voice and talk about it openly, whether it is in your school, college or workplace. The gravity of the offence remains the same, and it needs to be addressed, not neglected. Good Luck and be safe.