In her column of 14 October, senior journalist Tavleen Singh murders 803 words to declare #MeToo movement in India as “irrelevant” and “a shabby copy” of its counterpart in America, to dismiss criticisms on Twitter of her defence of alleged sexual predators as a “torrent of abuse”, and to defend her “friend Suhel Seth” despite multiple accusations of sexual harassment.
She feels for a minister who could “lose his job” as junior foreign minister and feels nothing for more than a dozen women who faced harassment by him. The minister is MJ Akbar (he reportedly resigned on Sunday).
Like Tavleen Singh, there are many apologists on social media demanding, much like Islamic clerics do, that the raped women produce four witnesses. The likes of her will believe them only when they visit courts and produce evidences. But,
#MeToo is relevant precisely because women cannot enter police stations and courts safely. First, our society shames the survivors, not the rapists. Second, cops humiliate them in police stations. Third, lawyers seek to demean them in courts in the presence of male judges, lawyers and others. Patriarchy is sexual assault.