Tanushree Dutta On Why The MeToo Movement Is Far Bigger Than Her

She is rightly regarded as  the  founding-mother  of  the MeToo movement  in India.When Tanushree Dutta  spoke on  her experience of being harassed  ten years ago , she opened up the floodgates  for numerous other women in India from every walk of life to come forward with their stories.

But now  Tanushree  is  done. She is  all set to return to the US, and she  refuses to take  credit for starting the MeToomovement in India.

 Protests Tanushree, “The media is just making a heroine out of an ordinary person’s organic journey.I was not the doer but just a conduit and a vessel through which some change or awareness had to come about in society.”

 Not that she is distancing herself completely from  the movement. “ In a way, I needed retribution too from the incident that pushed me back several years in my professional life.”

But now it’s time to return to her  normal  life  in the US.

 Tanushree explains, “I live there now.I was anyways supposed to go back eventually.This became a very long holiday by default and I’ll  be back again.But I’m going to miss it though, my family and everything else here.”

She  is sure the MeToo movement  will go on in India regardless of her  presence. “Nothing should be dependent on me.Because  when things are dependent on the initiative and  push by a single individual they get bound and don’t flourish freely and in its own time.”

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