Inspired from the west, the #MeToo campaign in India has sure gained heat with several women gathering the courage to point out sexual predators. In the last couple of days, the Hindi film industry has witnessed a lot, ever since Tanushree Dutta revealed about her past and accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of alleged misconduct on the sets of the 2008 film 'Horn OK Pleassss', she has instigated a lot of wronged women to speak up and share their stories. After Hollywood, Bollywood is experiencing the Me Too movement and slowly women that have experienced any kind of harassment are speaking up.
After the Tanushree Dutta - Nana Patekar row, Bollywood personalities like Vikas Bahl, Kailash Kher, and Rajat Kapoor have been accused of sexual harassment and misconduct. Speaking of the Me Too movement, actress Taapsee Pannu stated that she is glad that the movement has finally started in India and that women are now coming out in the open to talk about it.
Speaking to ANI, the 'Pink' star said, "I think it should have started then and when. I am happy that it has at least started; people are coming out in the open, talking about it and names being taken. I am happy it's happening."
She further said the need of the hour is for every country to realise that women are an important part of society and need to be respected.
"Every country including ours should wake up to realise that women are an important part of the society and they need to be respected equally. I think that is what needs to be done," said the 31-year-old.
The #MeToo movement began a year ago in Hollywood after The New York Times and The New Yorker published several stories about decades-long predation of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
The movement is now gaining momentum in India as well, with accusations being levelled against some powerful personalities in media and the entertainment industry.
Over the past few days, the country outburst with this hashtag as female journalists accused their male colleagues of harassment. Some of the accused have also stepped down from their positions, while others are still being investigated
(With Inputs from ANI)
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