Why #MeToo Needs to Percolate Down to Middle-Class India

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Why #MeToo Needs to Percolate Down to Middle-Class India

Illustration: Akshita Monga


t’s a season of upheaval. The past few days have seen a parade of skeletons tumbling out of closets, as India’s #MeToo movement, kick-started by actress Tanushree Dutta and stand-up comic and Twitter influencer Mahima Kukreja, has led to the naming of powerful men in influential positions as harassers and abusers. It’s a long, exhausting list of alleged offenders, and the sheer volume of stories that are coming out point to how pervasive the misogyny that enables harassment in workplaces, film sets, and private spaces is.

Utsav Chakraborty, Nana Patekar, Alok Nath, Sajid Khan, Vikas Bahl, MJ Akbar – this is just an incomplete list of of men who have been accused of lewd and inappropriate behaviour. The stories behind each of these cases is different, but one background detail remains uniform: They are all highly successful individuals, operating at the upper echelons of their respective fields. Fields, that are accessible by the top 0.001 per cent of India.