We have had so many cases of women coming forward with phone messages sometimes going back to 10-15 years,as proof of being harassed by men.Men from the entertainment industry like Karan Oberoi and Anurag Kashap have faced the full force of such backdated allegations.
It took a Salman Khan to raise the issue of men’s harassment over sexual harassment allegations.After Kavita Kaushik’s husband “exposed” Abhinav Shukla for sending “violent” messages to his wife, Salman pulled them up for bringing up an old and personal issue on a public domain.
This is a significant, albeit indirect, statement on the MenToo movement where attempts to pin harassment charges are not only late but also invalid .
Karan Oberoi who was wrongly incarcerated last year for sexual misconduct raises a toast to Salman’s stance on this sensitive issue.
Says Karan, “Salman in fact has schooled them quite appropriately here ,Sir ! He is absolutely right when he says , that we have all had breakups and up and downs in life . Doesn’t mean we dig up those skeletons just for the sake of humiliating someone , just to win a contest! All though, in all fairness , they are all behaving like juvenile delinquents!”
Karan says it’s about time women were made accountable for their allegations.
Says Karan, “It’s amazing and shocks me , that there is such amount of vitriol that exists in people ! No conversations , personal , intimate , friendly are sacrosanct anymore ? Will share if we get brownie points for it !What is all this in aide of ? A trophy ? Some fame ?”
Karan sees the trend of chat-shaming as counter-productive . “There was a time the creative medium was such a beautiful, exchange of ideas with respect for each other and healthy discussions . There was so much to learn from all that ! And now people are going to ridiculous levels to shame each other , with each other, wash dirty linen in public . Infamy seems to be a perfectly acceptable result .”