It was 2017 when the New York Times and The New Yorker first carried a series of articles describing how Rose Mcgowan had accused Harvey Weinstein of rape and sexual assault. As more and more women started talking to the press and more articles were published, the tide changed. Harvey Weinstein was soon expelled from the Academy and this gave a strength to other women survivors, to speak against their offenders. In the months that followed, some of the most high profile names including Kevin Spacey, Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Morgan Freeman were accused. Since then at-least a four hundred powerful men have been accused.
Women started sharing their stories on social media and newspaper headlines carried #MeToo all over the world. Some offenders tried to bury their deeds by apologizing on the social media, others hired lawyers to sue the women accusers. After a year, the #MeToo movement has found its pace in India.
Women are now sharing their stories and speaking up against the crimes committed on them. Women from different walks of life are accusing men particularly those in power.
Some of the names that have been accused over the last one month are Nana Patekar, Vikas Behl, Alok Nath, Kailash Khel, MJ Akbar, Chetan Bhagat to name a few. It looks like women have finally found their voice and the strength to speak up openly and discuss sensitive issues like rape and assault.
Amidst the chaos and the uprise, many have chosen their art to support the #MeToo movement the other way round. Sukhnidh Kaur, a legal aid counselor has come up with a a hard-hitting song. In the song, she has described situations when consent is misunderstood.
Checkout the video of her song below:
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Here's a one minute masterclass on consent because some don't seem to get it…this week has been traumatic with #MeToo and music is how I heal. Take this as a fun nursery rhyme as you will, as long as it teaches someone something. Lol. #metooindia #timesup #consent #musicwsukh #originalswsukh edit: thanks for all the love. I'm dedicating this one to union minister MJ Akbar 😉
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