#MeToo: How Does the World Judge the Wives, Daughters, and Sisters of Sexual Harassers?

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#MeToo: How Does the World Judge the Wives, Daughters, and Sisters of Sexual Harassers?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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here’s black and there’s white. There are claws and there are wounds. There’s the predator and there’s the victim. Forms and definitions of abuse might change, but one thing is clear – that in this war between the sexes, women are the losers, even when predatory men are brought down.

As India’s #MeToo moment has proved, women are the collateral damage everywhere: Either as primary victims, or as secondary ones, when the men closest to us are exposed. And this is what puts women such as Mallika Dua (Vinod Dua’s daughter), Farah Khan (Sajid Khan’s sister), Ashu Singh (Alok Nath’s wife), and Richa Dubey (Vikas Bahl’s former wife) in extremely precarious positions. Their father, brothers, husbands have been called out, and now they are forced to take sides.

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