It Is Time For All To Step Aside & Simply Listen To Every Voice That Is Willing To Share Her (Or His) Story: Nandita Das
"Only then can we move to the next necessary stage of concrete changes."
I am at the Busan Film Festival in Korea with Manto. But between interviews and screenings I am reading the social media posts where women have begun to speak up and for a change are being heard. Just want to add my voice in solidarity with all the women who have courageously spoken out. Unlike in the past when such discussions disappeared all too quickly from the media, this time it appears that more people are listening. Women at the work place and outside too often face harassment and violence that almost always goes unreported. Especially, though not only, when perpetrated by powerful men.
I am adding my voice in support with the hope that more lasting change comes out of this. The bravery of the many women who have stepped out at great risk to their personal and professional lives should not be in vain. Already there are instances of threats, defamation suits, and even FIRs against the victims with no real consequences for the alleged accused. This is an outrage.
Like any movement born out of years of suppression and anger there might now be impatience with due process. While we should follow process, we should not let it become an excuse for silencing anyone who wants to speak up.
It is perhaps time for all to step aside and simply listen to every voice that is willing to share her (or his) story. Only then can we move to the next necessary stage of concrete changes as to how allegations of harassment are handled by companies, industry, media and law enforcement. There is much to be done and this flight is long and arduous, but the lid has been forced open, hopefully never to be closed again.