New Delhi: Reacting over the ongoing #MeToo movement, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday claimed that the controversy has made men more conscious of their behaviour and women of their rights. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram also pitched for gender sensitisation in homes, schools and workplaces.
“The #MeToo controversy has at least made men more conscious of their behaviour and women of their rights. The next challenge is to instil in society a culture of true respect for the dignity and autonomy of women. That needs real gender sensitisation in homes, schools and workplaces,” Tharoor tweeted today.
Furthermore he added,”The campaign is about more than creepy sexual behaviour; it’s about exploiting a power differential — producers/directors/actors/editors/reporters/bosses and employees. Victims were told “not to make it an issue” in order to preserve their careers and reputations. Monstrous.”
“Given that power equation, the best weapon victims have is to shame their tormentors by public exposure. Where charges are totally unfounded, the truth will emerge. But it takes a lot for women to come out and the wealth of detail suggests most of the #MeToo accusations are real,” the Congress leader stated.
Notably, the #MeToo movement gained momentum in India after Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta recently accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment. Following her revelation, accusations are being made against some powerful personalities in the media and the entertainment industry.