Since Sunday night, a campaign that has taken over our social media pages is #MeToo. In the quest of bringing light to how deep the issue of sexual harassment is, lakhs of women globally are posting the hashtag with their own stories along with many men, who have shown their solidarity. While the hashtag trends, what is also catching traction on social media is Kolkata Police responding to #MeToo.

Kolkata Police on Tuesday took to Facebook to show their solidarity with women who have shared this hashtag. Moreover, they contended, “Yesterday and today, we found Facebook and Twitter full of the metoo hashtag, which exposes the shocking number of women who have been subject to sexual harassment.”

We urge you to be strong. We want you to be very, very angry about the leering, jeering, threats, verbal and physical abuses. We are asking you to be not afraid and to report to the police every time. – Kolkata Police

Further, they wrote how they are disturbed by the magnanimity of the number of women sharing #MeToo. “And we would also like to reiterate our pledge and commitment by saying that we hear every single one of you.”

They pledged, “We are here to take your complaints every time you want to report a case of sexual harassment. So walk into our police stations whenever you want to report sexual harassment. Our officers are there to hear your experiences with patience and kindness and take your complaints. We urge you to be strong. We want you to be very, very angry about the leering, jeering, threats, verbal and physical abuses. We are asking you to be not afraid and to report to the police every time.”

However, while addressing the women, they did not forget the boys and plugged in their own campaign—Dear Boys—in the post.

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“We also feel it important to talk to boys about the need to stop sexual harassment. For this, we have recently launched a project, Dear Boys, in schools. We have visited ten schools of Kolkata, and the second part of Dear Boys will start mid-November,” they added.

It is indeed a sweet gesture by the Kolkata police! Sometimes just saying is enough. Here are some popular social media reactions to Kolkata Police’s gesture:

 

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