The #Metoo movement broke out in India after Tanushree Dutta came out with her experience of harassment on the sets of a movie in 2008. Ever since then, many women came out with their account of harassment and molestation by men in power. Many men in powerful positions were accused of harassment, and subsequently faced actions against themselves. The movement has become one of the most important development in women empowerment in our country.
However, there are some people who seem to not understand how significant the movement is, for our country, especially for the women. Of the many people trivialising and belittling the movement, one is actor turned politician Shatrughan Sinha. Sinha made an outrageous speech at an event saying,
“I consider myself very lucky that in today’s time even after several instances, my name did not pop up in Me Too movement. That’s why I always obey my wife or make her my shield when I step out of the house.”
After making such comments, he faced a backlash for making a mockery of the movement.
Later, when he was asked about his infamous comments, Sinha replied, “Well, it should be taken in a lighter spirit.”
Last year, Shatrughan was asked about Me Too movement in an interview and he stated,
“What happened to innocent until proven guilty? I am all for the MeToo movement, never in my 40-year career have I misbehaved with any woman. I treat every lady with the utmost respect. Having said that, I think this MeToo campaign is being blown out of all proportion.”