#MeToo is the need of the hour: Karan Oberoi

Facebook and Twitter witnessed another rallying cry for women as the words “#metoo’ mushroomed all over the feeds, speaking of the magnitude of the sexual harassment faced by the women all across the world. Talking with reference to the incidences of eve teasing, forced sex, unpleasing gropes and unwelcoming brushes, a simple #metoo gave voice to all such dark phases and thought provoking incidences that the women across the globe encountered.

The movement, which took no time to gain momentum, commenced after the actress Alyssa Milano tweeted: “Suggested by a friend: If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘#meToo’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” What was interesting to note is even men came forth to give voice to their bad experiences.

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When asked about his take on the #meToo movement and its effectiveness, Karan Oberoi, who has been vocal about his perception on every issue, said, “Anything that creates awareness about it is an effective tool to bring about a change! This movement indeed encouraged women/men to come out on the open and address it as a larger malaise that exists in society!

But it’s another fact that the number of people coming up to bluntly share their experiences equalizes the number of those who still prefer to remain silent. Commenting further on the same, Karan said, “Brushing it under the carpet is never the answer! But the sheer enormity of the number of women that have gone through this ordeal itself reflects on the pitiable state of affairs as regards this! It’s so deeply saddening; that this patriarchal, misogynistic mindset’s that prevails even today! Being assertive and calling out the perpetrators is just the beginning of it! This movement hopefully would act as some kind of deterrent! But the need to book the violators, and create some kind of deterrent, and an urgent requirement to re educate everyone is the need of the hour! Call out, report, and make sure the culprits are brought to book!”