Month: October 2018

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The current ‘me too’ in India- Solidarity Statement

Fight to Demolish Feudal Patriarchal culture at workplaces and for Democratic Culture.

In India, the “Me Too’ movement exposes that forcing law enactments are not enough-Movements alone can ensure implementation.

Brave, angry outpourings from women journalists and women in the entertainment industry in Mumbai are reigning over headlines in India.  Comparisons are being drawn with the movement with the same name which burst out over a year earlier in the US and it is being made out that the inspiration has been drawn from there, but this is only a partial truth. It was after December 16th 2012 that the floodgates of women’s anger in India burst open in a new way. It was not that women had not spoken about power based sexual violence at workplace or in course of performing duty, earlier. The failed attempt at justice in semi feudal India by a saathin in Rajasthan became the prod for women’s movements which resulted in the Vishakha judgement of the Supreme Court. It called for internal committees at workplace till a law to the same effect was enacted. After that it also set the tone, by violating its own judgement on its own premises.

Several women dared to speak out after Vishakha – in the capital city of Delhi they faced severe backlash despite being backed by support by co workers with one case seeing a powerful movement; there was similar experience in the rest of the country.… Read More