The #MeTooIndia movement is pacing up every passing day. Women and survivors of sexual harassment are coming forward to share their stories with the world. While the stories are horrific, it shows the immense courage these women have and how much they want their harassers to be brought to justice. Tanushree Dutta‘s allegations against Nana Patekar is where the latest outrage against perpetrators began. There are many other celebrities as well who have been accused of the same or worse including Sajid Khan, Subhash Ghai, Alok Nath, Rajat Kapoor, Abhijeet Bhattacharya etc.
Every woman who is coming forward has found solidarity in the other equally strong women. Women who are determined to right the many wrongs that men in power in the Film industry have committed. It is good to see that while movements like this may have happened before, visible changes are being brought in this time around. For instance, Alok Nath was served a notice after multiple rape and assault allegations against him came to light. Akshay Kumar stopped the production of his film, Housefull 4 until the accused members, Nana Patekar and Sajid Khan are proven innocent. For now, both of them are dropped from the film.
Adding to the list of industry folks condemning the acts committed by sexual predators is a group of female filmmakers who have vowed to not work with any proven offenders in the future. Besides Konkona Sen Sharma the list includes, Alankrita Srivastava, Gauri Shinde, Kiran Rao, Meghna Gulzar, Nandita Das, Nitya Mehra, Reema Kagti, Ruchi Narayan, Shonali Bose and lastly, Zoya Akhtar. Konkona took to Twitter to share their commendable stance.
Here’s what the statement read:
Their stand truly is commendable and we can only hope that this time, the wrongdoers are brought to justice.