‘Me too’ campaign is emerging more rapidly than it was expected by Harvey Weinstein as more renowned celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie came forward with their sexual harassment stories and accused Harvey Weinstein, the co-founder of the Miramax film studio, of sexual abuse, including rape.
But Harvey Weinstein has denied all the allegations. It still needs time for the Indian mentality to understand the #MeToo campaign as many Bollywood actresses such as Priyanka Chopra, Richa Chadha, Swara Bhaskar, Radhika Apte, Tisca Chopra and Aditi Rao Hydari talked about monsters like Harvey Weinstein of Bollywood but without taking any names. In India, there is what we call fear inside every other woman about their character and the momentum here is slower than any other country where the senior actresses stepped forward and talked about the issue. The environment in Bollywood is not quite as safe as sexual abuse or assault cases are quite common, and there have been a number of cases of casting couch in Bollywood but no strict action had been taken against that.
Last year, Richa Chadha talked in an interview about #MeToo and explained why actresses over here are all scared to take any names because of the fear for their safety and losing work. She continued by saying if anyone can assure her pension for life, take care of her safety and her family and ensure she’ll get work in films or television even after revealing the name then she’s right to do it right away. And it’s just not her. If any actress gets all these safety then #MeToo campaign could be a success in our society. If a woman comes out with all her courage and telling the world about the assault or harassment she faced, instead of judging her and finding flaws in her character or try to dig up her past, we need to take strict action without wasting time and assure her every kind of safety possible so, that sexual abuse could come to an end.