India's official Me too movement has brought about a major revolution and especially in the entertainment and the media industry. The movement has spread like wildfire in the country, several prominent figures in the industry have been exposed by female victims who have faced the horrors of alleged sexual assault. From renowned journalists to celebrities from Hindi film industry, women are speaking up against the sexual predators. Several prominent personalities like Vikas Bahl, Alok Nath, Rajat Kapoor, Subhash Ghai, Sajid Khan, and Karim Morani among others have been accused.
A few days back, the Nation was in a state of aghast when TV writer-producer Vinta Nanda accused the 'Sanskaari' Alok Nath of alleged sexual harassment. Vinta was the producer of the 90's show 'Tara' in which Alok Nath was the lead actor.
Shortly after Vinta's revelations Alok Nath denied all the allegations and filed a defamation suit against Vinta, demanding an apology from her. Post this, now, in a series of tweets, Vinta Nanda has written a hard hitting letter to PM Narendra Modi seeking help and justice for all the wronged women.
Dear @narendramodi ji. We pray in #Navratri to #Durga who was worshipped by #Ram before defeating the evil #Ravana. As the custodian of truth at this point in time, help us get justice, which a legal system we inhabit does not provide us with tools to avail?
We're living in times when our law shelters perpetrators and oppresses victims who're not equipped with the arms to fight, where humiliation defies & scores over empathy. We're living in an environment in which morality is defined by the rich and powerful.
I request you to provide us with the space in which we will be heard. We never found courage to express ourselves until the #MeToo movement galvanised by honesty of a few, gave us confidence to speak & compelled our countrymen and women to listen to us.
I request you to show the world, that the change we seek to end the conspiracy of silence, the support we claim for securing ourselves against the consequences of voicing our anguish; will rise above being mere platitudes and become a true reality.
We're victims but are being victimised and humiliated because the men being questioned have the support of the practices and traditions of male dominance for thousands of years. They say this is no country for women. Prove them otherwise by taking action Sir.
There is a rising of global consciousness today and it supports women like us, but the long practises of curtailing women's rights are barriers to the progress that we are and have been seeking.
Your intervention in favour of us, women who have voices and those who have the support of all pillars of society except the system that governs us, will provide the confidence, which those of us who are underserved and remain marginalised, need desperately.
The writer-producer has gone all out to reach out to PM Modi and his response to this is much awaited.
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