India’s #MeToo: Where Sexual Harassers Decide Their Own Punishment

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India’s #MeToo: Where Sexual Harassers Decide Their Own Punishment

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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t’s been an exhilarating few days for me and my girlfriends. As soon as the #MeToo movement gained momentum, we moved between despair – that the people we knew to be perpetrators remained safe – and hope, as one by one they were outed, that justice may finally come. The last few days have been almost like a Test match – waiting for wickets to fall and cheering loudly as one more nemesis is revealed and shown the door. Phantom shut shop, Yashraj sacked its production head, Kwan asked its founder to go on leave, editors resigned across publications, and directors were forced to step down from films they’d started. Suddenly women’s rage, so long belittled as useless emotion, had consequences.

We all have our Suhel Seth story or its equivalents. We were no longer ashamed of them.

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