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Media #MeToo: Women Professionals Are Speaking Up And The Internet Is Listening

The whisper network is not just whispering anymore.

After comedian Utsav Chakraborty was accused of predatory behaviour by almost a dozen women on Thursday, women journalists had also started naming and shaming men for sexual misconduct.

Several men, many of them famous and working with ‘reputed’ organisations, have been named. Some of these incidents occurred several years ago, and considering the power and privilege that men hold in this profession, the women did not feel comfortable in publicly calling them out. Even today, many women have chosen to narrate their stories anonymously.


Author Kiran Nagarkar is one of the men who has been accused by several women. Retired Judge Kolse Patil, and singer Kailash Kher have also been named. Notably, many of the stories involve older, much powerful men preying on young women professionals.

Women’s voices continued to grow throughout the day. Well-known cultural critic Sadanand Menon, already facing several sexual harassment allegations, was also named by an ex-student of Asian College of Journalism (ACJ).

While many women professionals understandably did not lodge formal complaints, there were those who did. Yet in many cases, adequate action was not taken. Journalists slammed media organisations for not taking sexual misconduct seriously and enabling predatory behaviour of powerful men.

Journalist Raksha Kumar shared her article ‘When no isn’t yes’ published in The Hindu in 2014. In it, she explains how a male colleague had physically harassed her. Unfortunately, she notes in a tweet thread that four years on, the man in question has not suffered any consequences since then and continues to rise up the professional ladder.


While this will certainly encourage more women to speak up, whether the accused men will face consequence remains to be seen. But men who have thrived on women’s silence need to be afraid. Women are speaking up, and everyone is listening.

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