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The Startling Rise of India's #MeToo Movement
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11/1/2018 at 4:03:53 PM GMT
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The Startling Rise of India's #MeToo Movement

By Sonali Kolhatkar ––


“The world’s largest democracy is finally having its own #MeToo moment. Just about a year after the Harvey Weinstein revelations opened the floodgates of assault accusations in the United States, India has been rocked by scandal after scandal over the span of a few weeks, arising from accusations made by women of sexual assault and harassment that are finally being taken seriously. As here in the U.S., it remains to be seen if this is a movement or a moment (to borrow a phrase associated with Black Lives Matter).

For decades, Indian women have been protesting pervasive sexism, from street-level harassment, known by the inappropriate term ‘Eve-teasing,’ and Bollywood’s ‘casting couch’ to the two high-profile cases of brutal gang rapes that made international headlines in 2012 and 2018. But now, many women are feeling emboldened to come forward with their accounts of incidents that they have remained silent about for years. And some men are feeling the consequences of their actions in the form of public shaming and the loss of their jobs and positions—a similar phenomenon to what has unfolded in the U.S. over the past year. 


 For more information, visit the full article on Truthdig’s website.

 Kolhatkar, Sonali. “The Startling Rise of India's #MeToo Movement.” Truthdig. (October 24, 2018). <>

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