How Do We Sustain India’s #MeToo Movement?


How Do We Sustain India’s #MeToo Movement?

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty


he past three weeks have been nothing short of a turbulent rollercoaster ride for Indian women. With #MeToo penetrating into Indian newsrooms, comedy circles, film sets, art galleries, startups, and even advertising companies, hundreds of survivors have banded together to out their harassers.

What started out as the simple act of naming and shaming predators online, has over time progressed into a cohesive movement: Complaints are being taken forward to respective organisations and institutions. FIRs have been filed. And perpetrators are facing repercussions for their unchecked actions: MJ Akbar had to resign as Union minister, Sajid Khan had to step down as director of Housefull 4, and the Federation of Western India Cine Employees and Cine and TV Artistes’ Association have issued show cause notices to Alok Nath.