I am not surprised by some of the responses posted here. Not one member acknowledges that a problem exists. Instead, a member has gone on to ascribe reasons for why the women have chosen to speak now. How easily they enter into a woman's mind and soul to determine the reasons behind their voices.
But, can't blame such fellows, they portray the face of our ugly society. They represent the misogynist culture that is inbred. In this thread, not one man has shown solidarity towards the victims.
It takes courage to speak up because sexual harassment can be a frightening experience. These women need support, not questions on why now or assumptions behind their reasons. Questioning their timing is also saying that it is fine to allow the culprits to get away scot-free. For that is what would happen if these voices don't ever come out.
Why is the judge being quoted here, don't members have a mind of their own? Justice Katju has also made many scathing remarks, against the Government – why are his comments seen as 'right' only on selective matters? This careful selection of comments, illustrate the biases that exist. Anyone who parrots your sentiments is good enough to be quoted.
The #MeToo movement may have come from the 'goras', but so have your pant and shirt and the briefs that you wear, under your pants. If you belonged to the 'kachcha' brigade, then it would serve well to quote the ex-judge. The thing is, wearing western attire doesn't make one civilised or gentlemanly, the thought process remains crass and philistine. You ape the west in almost everything and have the impudence to refer to this movement as a western thing.
Following a cause that women stand up against isn't a western thing, at all. They choose to tell their stories of the ordeal. What the catalyst was, should not be questioned. If an iota of decency exists in people, they would stand in support of these women. For who knows, tomorrow, it could be one of their daughters, and we'd have people questioning their reasons.
The #MeToo movement has empowered women, to speak up against their perpetrators. It has given them courage, and they are calling out men who have sexually harassed them. Men today are scared, especially those who are guilty of the crime. The fear of being named and shamed is making them come out with all kinds of excuses. What stops these men from recognizing the truth and agreeing that wrongs have been done?
The problem may not go away completely, that would be too much of a utopian world. But, yes, this movement might bring down the cases of harassment. Men will think twice before they indulge in improper behaviour. There are many skeletons in the closet, waiting to tumble out, and I say cheers to the women who are bringing down men. Let's not be worried about why they are doing it, let's be happy that the ugly faces are being made public.
Neeraj, brought up consensual sex; isn't that contradictory to your stand in another thread, the one on inter-caste marriages? How can you be rigid on one issue regarding the sexes and overly liberal on a subject that is still taboo in our country? Isn't premarital sex or consensual sex outside the parameters of marriage, considered immoral, not in law, but by moral guardians?
"A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak." -Michael Garrett Marino