“Me Too” movement has been a phenomena off late that saw many skeletons tumbling out of the glossy doors that contained for long rotten corpses. This movement that transcended to different countries, communities raised a strong voice and gave strength for many women to join the force against the sexual harassment in work place.
For more details we have wikipedia pages anyways 😊.
This movement has given a hope to many suppressed voices. Women finally started voicing their horror experiences. And the culprits – Men (not a generalisation) are being shown the doors. That is something to be cheered up ans celebrated, isn’t it.
This movement is a minuscule part of a revolution called Feminism. Age long patriarchal dominance, suppression and submission is finally seeking freedom. “We are no less than you, we are at par with you, we have been doing our duties now it’s about our rights. We will no longer take it lying down” sums up it all. Fair enough! Much needed indeed.
But the problem is misuse of the concept or let’s say the “Woman / Victim card” just to settle few scores, gain some popularity or simply sympathy. Don’t get shocked, it is prevailing.
Let me give you two examples (out of many):
- Rohtak sisters of Harayana were hailed by one and all as they beat an “eve teaser” who was harassing them in a bus. A bravo act! And they repeated the act in another incident but now discrepancies started to appear in their script. And recently the accused whom the sisters beat was acquitted by the court of law in light of various testimonies given by the co-passengers and ironically they were girls too. They just used Victim Card to get some attention and fame. Proved! But very late though. Boy was shamed everywhere to the point he lost everything.
- Delhi’s Saravjit Singh Bedi Vs Jasleen Kaur case. It was an altercation at the traffic signal. She (Jasleen Kaur) clicked his photo and circulated via her social account and accused him for eve teasing her and since then he was branded as “Delhi la Darinda” (Delhi’s Scoundrel). He was heavily accused, hated and penalised. Lost his job, his image was tainted, his family lost face and lot more. And amidst all this she easily escaped to a foreign land even evading the court hearing dates to prove his misdeed. Strange, isn’t it?
- Mohammad Shami, the cricketer was embroiled in a false domestic violence case because he is a Man!
False rape cases, dowry cases, domestic violence cases are on rise. When things don’t work their way few women unfortunately using their “weaker sex/ victim” card because they got the pulse of our somewhat flawed laws meant for their own betterment and our undesicive society who never battles an eyelid in shaming the victim irrespective of the gender and believes in hogwash rather than truth underneath.
What are the repercussions? Using flaws in laws and popular movements for personal agendas by handful of scrupulous souls is definitely not serving any purpose (not taking the personal ones into account). This is in fact widening the already existing gap between the genders. This is some how resulting in distrust that one gender has on another. If a woman finds it difficult to trust her male counterpart, a man too fears a possible exploitation at the hands of law meant for woman’s protection which could be easily misused for settling few agendas straight. On the flip side the huge volume of false cases is making sure that those who actually need help from the judiciary are being denied or delayed justice. And this is actually impeding many from taking action to demand justice. So if being a woman, a woman wants to misuse the law for her benefit she is actually denying someone else the justice simply by slowing down the process. Period!
Media’s Role in creating sensation / shaming: unfortunately the media is to an extent responsible for sensationalising issues without any analysis. In their stride to top the TRP charts they want news chops that can garner interest. Source never matters so does the truth. They want to cash the trend. When the country is raged at the gruesome rape cases of Nirbhaya, Kathua news channels use clippings of Rohtak Sisters to sound relevant in their coverage. And that results in sensationalisation because we want our girls to retaliate the wrong and we shame the boy because we are in mindset “he must have definitely done something wrong to be at the receiving end”. And when the truth comes to the surface channels already have something else to showcase (elections 🤣), so no one cared about it whereas the boy is still suffering the impact of social ostracism. This is too dangerous, mark that.
Fight against heinous crimes committed against women is not a fight against Men. This has to be emphasised. When Jessica Lal was murdered by a Man there were hundreds of same gender who were out on streets to fight for her. When Nirbhaya happened the police “men” sweated it out to nab the culprits. My Father supported me in my decisions throughout so did my Husband and I forgot to mention Chiradeep, my mentor who always guided me. They are all Men. Right and Wrong; Good and Bad; Righteousness and Sin are free of gender bias. A woman can be wrong too – please take a note all the pseudo feminist out there who are doing more harm to women and humanity as a whole than good. “Feminism” as understood by few is not a fight against Males.
As a woman I feel that the strong wave of important movements like “Me Too” or “Feminism” shouldn’t be curtailed or restricted to ulterior motives of handful for they are meant for superior objectives of upliftment and serving justice.