On New Year’s Eve, many women revelers faced harassment and molestation during celebrations in Bangalore.
The attacks were shocking — the molesters outnumbered the 1,500-strong police force deployed to maintain the peace and women were reported to seen fleeing the scene, heels in hand.
Many took to social media to voice their disgust:
Deeply annoyed & shocked to see pervert mentality #bangaloremolestation where we're heading? On top of it, politicians make nasty comments 😱
— Atul Singh Rathore (@theatulrathore) January 4, 2017
I just can’t bring myself to share that horrible CCTV footage of a lone girl being sexually assaulted by two bike miscreants in Bangalore.
— Rohin Dharmakumar (@r0h1n) January 4, 2017
#bangaloremolestation shame , shock ! happened again….
— abii (@Abii316) January 4, 2017
Unfortunately, the conversation was diverted from the molestation the women underwent by the resurgence of the hashtag #NotAllMen. #NotAllMen originally surfaced with the movement ‘Not all men are like that’ where men took to social media to argue against the generalisation of men as sexists.
#NotAllMen because men are the real victims. Although the ratio of women abuse : men abuse is >1 but gender ratio is <1.
— Kumar Sambhav (@UnkeenIntrovert) January 3, 2017
Soon, people began to call out this Twitter trend for its dilution of the issue at hand.
— Amena (@Fashionopolis) January 3, 2017
A group of women get molested, and some people manage to make that also about victimhood of men by trending #NotAllMen. Seriously?
— Eesha (@eesha_punny) January 4, 2017
— Natasha Puri (@Natashapuri) January 4, 2017
— Shruthi Jayaram (@shruthi_jayar) January 4, 2017
Some responded with an alternate hashtag #YesAllWomen.
— Feminism in India (@FeminismInIndia) January 4, 2017
#YesAllWomen When a 4 year old girl gets raped, will you blame the 'Western' influence? Shame on us for blaming the woman. Need to act fast.
— Anushree Pandit (@pandit2506) January 4, 2017
"Was it really my fault?" asked the short skirt
"No, it happened with me too."
replied the Burqa#YesAllWomen
— Sandhya (@SandhyaNTweets) January 4, 2017
— Karthika S Nair (@karthu1993) January 4, 2017
What’s important to remember is that the Twitter warfare is taking away attention from the issue, instead of facilitating conversation about solving it.
— Saurav Vaish™ (@sauravkvaish) January 4, 2017
— Chalta Hai (@Punit_Pania) January 4, 2017
So let’s stop with the unnecessary defensiveness and accept that there are bad people out there and we can work together to fight them instead of nabbing at each other. We’re all on the same side here, aren’t we?
Courtesy : Dawn News