Will the #MeToo movement change India?

In India, women are taking to social media to speak out against sexual harassment they’ve experienced in the media and entertainment industries. Men accused of inappropriate behaviour have included Bollywood stars, singers, and even a former prominent news editor who is now the country’s junior foreign minister.

The wave of accusations was started last month by former Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta. Encouraged by the global #MeToo movement’s impact in Hollywood, Dutta retold her experience of being sexually harassed by well-known actor Nana Patekar during a 2008 film shoot. She has since filed a new police report against Patekar, who denies any wrongdoing.

Those who side with accusers also see a lack of enforcement of India’s laws meant to protect people against workplace sexual harassment.


Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi also announced her ministry will be setting up a four-member committee to examine all #MeToo cases. Speaking to news agency PTI, Gandhi said that a four-member committee of retired judges will be formed for all the recent cases that have come up in the past few days under the #MeToo campaign.

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