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#MeToo To Kill Evil in Male, Not His Gentle-manliness

However, there is a fair chance of this movement being “misused” for the wrong end too.

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By Salil Gewali

It is no more going to be a bed of roses for sexual predators. Now they can scarcely hide the wrong acts with the cover of their power and influence. Even the powerfully naughty and haughty Harvey Weinstein had to give in to the thunder of #MeToo some months back. Thanks to the bold roars in unison by over 80 victims who could finally corner this lecherous filmmaker. What of Weinstein’s castle of his opulence and social influence now? They all have fallen virtually down like a house of cards! Yes, the formidable jaws of #MeToo have already devoured a good many Weinsteins across the world.

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MeToo is frightfully sharp dagger what will slay the evil within perverts.

Big uproars in media and Bollywood have already put the integrity of the entertainment houses into question. Many film actresses are now determined to fight against the sexual advances by their past bosses.  But what is too shocking is that we now get to see the skeletons tumbling out from the unsuspected holy cupboards too. This 19th October was another new dawn for the Northeast. A humble lady from our Meghalaya could gather enough courage yet again. She spelt out through social media the evil acts of the devil under the garb of holiness. Too disgusting, ones who sermonized and lectured about the “hell of eternity” in fact had allegedly given the lady hell since she was a 5-year old kid. I don’t think any jail sentence or material punishment will ever content God in heaven for such heartless pedophilic acts. It is an unpardonable sin.

Well, it’s too difficult to analyze the ordeal the said lady had experienced all through. But the pain of anxieties and trauma has driven her to cry for the “justice”. True, with the “Weinstein effect” worldwide now, the aggrieved victims of sexual abuses can stand up and call out the perpetrators. Yes, I am quite sure, what we see now is just the tip of the iceberg. Frankly speaking, #MeToo is frightfully sharp dagger what will slay the evil within perverts. Not just that, it will frighten away the males from committing any sexual crimes. Let’s pray, the more new cases, albeit genuine,  come to light and the more sanity will descend upon the society

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I think the stern laws and various kind of punishments existing to prevent sexual misconducts have been quite dwarfed by the worldwide #Metoo movement. One considers this movement as truly “successful” when males habitually “fear to touch” females as they fear to touch fire. Indeed, as noticed, the fear “symptom” has already started to run deep into the veins of the males. Is it not a very healthy development? Hope this will help douse their raging fire of lust.

However, there is a fair chance of this movement being “misused” for the wrong end too. Its consequence could be very bad for both males and females, and society at large. Such false #MeToo sure to “upset” the system God created. So, no innocent males should ever be harassed and tormented by females for vengeance.  “WeTwo” should not at all turn into MeToo, else the “sharpness” of MeToo movement itself goes blunt too early. Let the evil in man be slain, not his gentlemanliness!

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’.  Twitter: @SGewali.

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Women In India Turn To Technology To Stay Safe From Harassment

Police in many Indian cities are also encouraging women to use apps to register complaints

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Women stand at a crowded place in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, Oct. 9, 2006. Safety is the biggest concern for women using public and private transport, according to a survey Thursday. VOA

New web and phone apps in India are helping women stay safe in public spaces by making it easier for them to report harassment and get help, developers say.

Women are increasingly turning to technology to stay safe in public spaces, which in turn helps the police to map “harassment prone” spots — from dimly lit roads to bus routes and street corners.

Safety is the biggest concern for women using public and private transport, according to a Thomson Reuters Foundation survey released Thursday, as improving city access for women becomes a major focus globally.

“Women always strategize on how to access public spaces, from how to dress to what mode of transport to take, timings and whether they should travel alone or in a group,” said Sameera Khan, columnist and co-author of “Why Loiter? Women And Risk On Mumbai Streets.”

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician M.J. Akbar takes the oath during the swearing-in ceremony of new ministers, July 5, 2017, at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi. The Indian minister and veteran newspaper editor announced his resignation, Oct. 17, 2018, while still insisting that the accusations of sexual harassment are false. VOA

Reported crimes up 80 percent

Indian government data shows reported cases of crime against women rose by more than 80 percent between 2007 and 2016.

The fatal gang rape of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi in 2012 put the spotlight on the dangers women face in India’s public spaces.

The incident spurred Supreet Singh of charity Red Dot Foundation to create the SafeCity app that encourages women across 11 Indian cities to report harassment and flag hotspots.

“We want to bridge the gap between the ground reality of harassment in public spaces and what is actually being reported,” said Singh, a speaker at the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s annual Trust Conference on Thursday.

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Students and teachers of Jawaharlal Nehru University participate in a protest demanding suspension of a professor accused of sexual harassment, in New Delhi. VOA

The aim is to take the spotlight off the victim and focus on the areas where crimes are committed so action can be taken.

Dimly lit lanes, crowded public transport, paths leading to community toilets, basements, parking lots and parks are places where Indian women feel most vulnerable, campaigners say.

Stigma attached to sexual harassment and an insensitive police reporting mechanism result in many cases going unreported, rights campaigners say.

Apps are promising

But apps like SafeCity, My Safetipin and Himmat (courage) promise anonymity to women reporting crimes and share data collected through the app with government agencies such as the police, municipal corporations and the transport department.

Students and teachers of Jawaharlal Nehru University participate in a protest demanding suspension of a professor accused of sexual harassment, in New Delhi
People hold placards at a rally condemning the rapes of two girls, aged 8 and 11, in Ahmedabad, India. VOA

“The data has helped in many small ways,” said Singh of the Red Dot Foundation. “From getting the police to increase patrolling in an area prone to ‘eve-teasing’ to getting authorities to increase street lighting in dark alleys, the app is bringing change.”

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Police in many Indian cities, including New Delhi, Gurgaon and Chandigarh, are also encouraging women to use apps to register complaints, promising prompt action.

“Safety apps are another such strategy that could be applied by women but I worry that by giving these apps, everyone else, most importantly the state, should not abdicate its responsibility towards public safety,” Khan said. (VOA)