New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Udit Raj on Tuesday questioned the relevance of levelling allegations of sexual harassment against someone under #MeToo movement after a gape of 10 years. Stating that the drive will set a wrong precedent, Udit Raj, a Lok Sabha MP from Delhi asserted that one needs to understand that wrong allegations can damage the reputation of an innocent person.”
“#MeToo Campaign is important but what is the relevance of accusing someone of sexual harassment after a gap of 10 years. How will it be possible to investigate the authenticity of such allegations after so many years? One needs to understand that wrong allegations can damage the reputation of an innocent person. This is setting a wrong precedent (#MeToo campaign zaruri hai lekin kisi vyakti par 10 saal baad aarop lagane ka kya matlab hai? Itne saalo baad aise mamalo ki satyata ki jaanch kaise ho sakega? Jis vyakti par jhutha aarop laga dia jayega uski chhavi ka kitn abada nuksaan hoga ye sochne wali baat hai, galat pratha ki shuruaat hai),” tweeted the BJP leader.
“Habitually women take 2-4 lakhs, level allegations on men then pick another man. I accept it is in man’s nature. But are women perfect? Can it not be misused?,” the MP asked, while speaking to ANI.
His remarks came after Tanushree in an interview in September, in the context of the #MeToo Movement and sexual harassment of women in Bollywood, spoke out of her personal experience at the hands of Nana Patekar on the set of “Horn ‘OK’ Pleassss” in 2008.
Earlier on Monday, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Manek Gandhi had said, “Now a #MeToo campaign has started and I am very happy that it has started.” However, she hoped people wouldn’t misuse it.
She said, “I hope it won’t go out of control in the sense that we target people who’ve offended us in some way.” But, she added she knew women were responsible people and she realised how anger at sexual molestation never goes away.
Notably, the #MeToo campaign has caught on in the country with a lot of women speaking up about the harassment they faced at the workplace. Among the prominent names that have been taken are those of film director Vikas Behl, singer Kailash Kher and actor Alok Nath, Rajat Kapoor.