Byravee Iyer
Oct 12, 2018

#MeToo must retain its focus

Lumping boorish behaviour in with incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence threatens to dilute the power of #MeToo in India.

Actor Nana Patekar surrounded by press on 8 October following accusations of harassment made by Tanushree Dutta. Photo: Prathamesh Bandekar / The Times of India (AFP)

Something unprecedented is happening in India. Scores of women are going public with horrific accounts of sexual harassment suffered at the hands of powerful men, including in the advertising industry. But now, a handful of women are wading into the MeToo debate to publicly shame lousy men for making ill-conceived passesand it’s threatening to topple a greatly needed movement.

For a country that’s ranked the most dangerous place for women by the Thomson...

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