Tanusree Dutta is the girl who kicked the hornet’s nest. With her allegations of Nana Patekar abusing her sexually (verbally or otherwise), many women from the entertainment industry has hitched on the bandwagon of the new finger-pointing game called #MeToo. Infact, It was Tanusree’s allegations that has triggered the popularity of the Indian version of #MeToo.
But with allegations coming out every second and some going back as far as 40 years (it is true : a senior actress of malayalam film industry has accused a senior and respected actor of having sexually abused her. The only problem is the accused is not able to deny the accusations. He died more than 25 years back), the question of how many of these are really true is looming on most common man’s mind. When the gods are waging a dung war on each other, us people on Earth are wondering about the amount of truth behind the accusations.
Many women in the entertainment industry as in any other industry has been abused, verbally and otherwise. There is no doubt about it. A few months ago a Telugu actor went topless to cry out loud her lamentations of the prevalent casting couches in the industry. There was only so much support she could rally behind her. One of the reasons was that she was a relative new comer and did not have much friends. Those who were distanced themselves from her as they were afraid of losing their standing.
Now many seems to be raving about it. But again it needs to be seen who is doing it. They are mostly has-been stars who are crying foul after a quarter century of the supposed vile act. Because there are certain questions that Tanusree and other women who came up with the Me Too movement must answer about it. These questions are definitely in the minds of the common people who are hearing all these accusations.
India is a movie loving country. We love to imitate our heroes from the silver screen. And so the rest of India has started borrowing from the entertainment industry. Almost every industry including politics (most of you, i am sure would agree that politics is an industry in India especially with nepotism ruling the political arena like most other businesses) has been emulating the #metoo calls across the nation.
Many of these are actually true. Also many are not. So how is it that we are going to find out? Aren’t the people using #metoo movement for nefarious reasons, including reprisals for supposed hurts actually killing the chance of people who have really been abused by others?
It is given that the situation in the country has changed recently and rapidly, especially for women and women’s rights. Voices raised to uphold the womens’ rights are now louder than ever. Many verdicts and laws passed recently are primarily for the protection of the fundamental rights of women. But, we aren’t restricting the misuse of these same laws.
Social media has now become judge, jury and executioner. Public Opinion based on rumours and unfounded accusations will destroy many innocent lives in its juggernautic trudge to its destination.