The MeToo Movement, popularly #MeToo was popularized in 2017 for voicing out against sexual harassment and sexual assault. Ever since started in last October 2017, #metoo virally spread like wild fire in social media where multiple counts of women and even men started publicly named their abusers.
In Hollywood hashtag metoo was used by actress Alyssa Milano, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Lawrence, Uma Thurman and many other celebrities from media, politics, academia and music industries.
Who are the Indian celebrities named in #MeToo Movement?
In India too, several high profile celebrities have been accused of victimizing women. In India, the #MeToo was first used by actress Tanushree Dutta who named Famous Director and Actor Nana Patekar as her abuser. Ever since MeToo Movement India has brought to light several buried sexual harassments. Let us see some of the key personalities who are accused of sexual allegations.
Union Minister MJ Akbar
It is the hot topic of the Nation today wondering whether Union Minister for External Affairs MJ Akbar will resign his position or will respond back to the sexual accusations. A staggering 14 different sexual accusations have been observed on Social Media accounts like twitter and Facebook. First accused by Journalist Priya Ramani on Vogue Magazine, Union Minister MJ Akbar has been named by Ruth David, Majlie de Puy Kamp, Saba Naqvi, Ghazala Wahab, Sutapa Paul, Shuma Raha, Kanika Gahlaut, Suparna Sharma, Prerna Bindra, Kadambari Wade and few others. MJ Akbar has announced in a press meet that these accusations are baseless, and he will legally handle his accusers.
Director Nana Patekar
It was Tanushree Dutta who stirred #MeToo movement in India when she accused famed director and film actor Nana Patekar and Vivek Agnihotri that happened 10 years ago in film sets. Tanushree Dutta said that Nana Patekar in front of 100s of people has grabbed her, groped her in the pretext of teaching her dance moves even though he was not the choreographer. The actress has boldly registered an official complaint and spoken about this on several media channels and on 14th October she has demanded for Narco analysis, lie detector test and brain mapping test against the four accused in the case.
Director Sajid Khan
Director and filmmaker Sajid Khan is another popular figure in the Bollywood industry who was repeatedly accused by several female artists for sexual misconducts. Actress Simran Suri, Actress Malaika Arora, Saloni Chopra and Rachel White are the four known actresses who have publicly named Sajid Khan so far. This has certainly hurt Sajid Khan as Akshay Kumar who is acting currently in Housefull 4, has requested his producers to cancel the film shoot until the investigations are complete.
Actor Alok Nath
Veteran actor Alok Nath has been accused by producer-writer Vinta Nanda for raping her two times almost 19 years ago. Soon after Vinta Nanda came out with the news, Actor Sandhya Mridul accused Alok Nath as he harassed her sexually and her career, health has gone for a toss ever since the incident. Before even the dust gets settled, a 3rd allegation from Deepika Amin. Alok Nath has rejected these accusations and his wife has already taken legal action against Vinta Nanda.
Director Vikas Bahl
Queen Director Vikas Bahl from Phantom Films has been recently accused of sexual misconduct by an unknown woman who recalled and reported an incident that happened few years ago. Just a couple of Days before Phantom Films one of a leading, successful production house was dissolved. Director Anurag Kashyap came out to press with the story saying they have been internally trying to handle this case for an out-of-the court settlement. Eventually it came out. Controversial Actress Kangana Ranaut voluntarily accused Vikas Bahl that stirred this incident to a whole new level.
Actor Rajat Kapoor
Actor and Film Maker Rajat Kapoor started receiving continuous sexual misconduct allegations after Journalist Sandhya Menon brought the accusation from an unnamed woman.
Tamil Lyricist Vairamuthu
In the South India, the Bollywood movie industry was stirred up when famed singer Chinmayi Sripaada recalled her victim story several years ago when an event organizer had asked her to accompany National-Award Winning Lyricist Vairamuthu during an event in Switzerland. The Lyricist Vairamuthu has spoken for his defense by saying that “The allegations have been levelled with some ulterior motive. I am ready to face any legal action that they initiate”.
The founding editor of DNA Mumbai Gautam Adhikari and former executive editor of the Times of India was accused of kissing several women without their consent. This has jolted the media industry as few people have spoken against him and in favour of him. Following these accusations, Gautam Adhikari has resigned as a senior fellow of the Center for American Progress (CAP) after he was accused in multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
Comedian Utsav Chakraborty
Utsav Chakraborty of the comedy club All India Bakchod has been accused of sexual misconduct. At last Utsav Chakraborty has accepted the fact and has apologized for his behavior. He said that he will sincerely work towards making up to get past that.
Prashant Jha has stepped down as the Chief of Bureau and Political Editor of Hindustan Times after he was accused of sexual misconduct by a former employee of the organisation.
What happens after #MeToo Movement?
Several anti-sexual harassment guidelines and policy changes have been implemented across the World after this social movement has begun. In India Union Minister Menaka Gandhi proposed a 4 member panel to look into #metoo cases. Film Industries and Corporates have resolved to strengthen their existing harassment policy guidelines or take strict actions against those who involve in such sexual harassment activities. This is a break through development as without public agitation using twitter and other social media channels it would have taken several years for Government to come up with severe actions on its own.