Since the last few weeks, India has risen to a new revolution, in the form of our very own # metoo campaign.
The # metoo campaign started as one strong woman coming out with her story of sexual misconduct by a so-called ‘big’ man. After that, the campaign soon spread like wildfire, with hundreds of women recounting their horrible experiences of sexual abuse.
The #metoo campaign, or rather a revolution, has been largely self-steered. But social media has played a major catalyst. The result is that it has cut across all barriers of different professions, industries, and socio-political ideologies.
After 2 weeks of full rigor, in terms of fresh # metoo stories emerging, getting discussed, and the accused actually being called out. The revolution seems to have begun to wither out, at least in the social media space.
It may soon get buried in history, thanks to the short public memory. It’s just like what has been the fate of many other social uproars that the Indian society has seen. Therefore, it becomes a collective responsibility that this revolution has brought such a welcome change in our mindsets, must not meet this fate. Actually, it should go on to live a life and accomplish some substantial developments on the ground.
Helpful for Working Women/Girls
These changes can be in the form of our sexual office’s laws being made more stringent to include workplace harassment. Or it can be a change of attitude of the society, where a 20-year-old case of sexual harassment being reported is not laughed upon. It can be about setting an example for men and women, by actually carrying out fair trials and punishing those who have been accused as part of the campaign.
There are several things that can be done, but it is important that at least something gets done!
Let’s lead this to a bigger, more substantial change in the society, and not merely a social media circus of a few days.