It all started with Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano urging women to share their ordeal. Her tweet grew into a gigantic movement and there came a time when social media got flooded with #MeToo. Closer home actress Richa Chadha’s blogpost has focussed on sexual harassment, its prevalence and the changes that need to be brought about. In her blog, she talks about the insensitivity exhibited to the survivor of such incidences. She points out how instead of helping the woman seek justice, she is often bombarded with a volley of irrelevant questions.
“What was she wearing? Why was she out so late? What was she doing with a boy? She asked for it. Why didn’t she report it sooner? What took so long? Why didn’t she just request them not to? What did she expect?”
Do folks that pose questions such as these ever read the paper? Do they know that infants are raped in India, as are grandmothers? Pre-teen girls are molested, as are women covered from head to toe in a burqa.
I was raised to feel equal, even special on some days. Then I grew up.
We live in a nation where women have to fight- to be born, then educated, then marry when and who they want, to have children or not to in most cases, while doing almost all of the house-work. Women work post-marriage if they are ‘allowed’ to by their in-laws and husbands. Women who work outside the home have to carefully decide what they will wear keeping in mind their occupation, (traditional and covered options safest), mode of transport (public transport means avoid sleeveless, wear higher necklines, longer bottoms unless you want to be asking for it…actually whatever you wear, you are asking for it) and what time they will return home (always preferably before sunset). Private transport? You can be followed or worse.
She also highlights the dire consequences the world should brace itself for if it fails to respect the “feminine”.
The denial of the ‘feminine’ could cost us our progeny. The mother gives life. Mother Earth, Mother Nature…et al. What have we done to it? Food for thought.
The Fukrey actress wants the society to shun using some specific phrases that reek of misogyny and instead change their mindsets.
A lot of celebrities hailed Richa Chadha for her powerful words.
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) October 23, 2017
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) October 23, 2017
— Pritish Nandy (@PritishNandy) October 23, 2017
Here’s a must-read, straight from the caring and concerned heart of @RichaChadha 👍🏾👍🏾
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) October 23, 2017
More power to you!