Angry Women and Indifferent Men: What India’s #MeToo Moment Says About Us

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Angry Women and Indifferent Men: What India’s #MeToo Moment Says About Us

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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s the world grapples with Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the US Supreme Court despite serious sexual assault allegations against him, India is going through its own #MeToo moment. The flurry of cases being uncovered back home – comics, journalists, veteran actors – underscore the point made by Kavanaugh’s confirmation: Men don’t give a damn about sexual harassment survivors, so long as their bros are protected. From Anurag Kashyap, Tanmay Bhat, and so many other men in power who knew all along and enabled the harassers, the most worrying part of the multitude of allegations is that so many people who could have done something chose to not act.

Justifiably, women are furious AF. Not just at the cases, but also at our collective indifference to the suffering of countless survivors through the years. It’s only the allegations that are surfacing now, harassment behind the scenes has been a part of patriarchal society and daily life as far back as one can remember. But in the light of a global #MeToo movement, this is the time when everyone’s had enough.

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