This post is a little longer than usual, but read it with a little courage. So because even in the stir of #MeToo there are some voices lying anonymous till now. Most of these are the voices that have struggled with the patriarchal atmosphere of small cities, towns and villages and reached the Hindi newsroom’s Dehri. Their experience is different in many ways from the #MeToo we have encountered so far. #MeToo is still a matter between a class and a capable class. The girls who are saying their words here are still vulnable. Some of them have personal experiences, some have sketched out the suffocation present in their working environment.
Till now only a few women associated with the English media have come forward and mentioned the incidents of sexual misconduct. It is still not easy for women working in linguistic and regional media to come forward and talk about sexual abuse in their newsrooms. Many media people believe that the incidents of sexual harassment in linguistic and regional media newsrooms are much more than in the English media, but there is still more silence on this issue.
Around the same time last year, actress’ Alyssa Milano started the ‘Me Too’ campaign in the US on Twitter, suggesting to start #MeToo. She wrote in a tweet, “If women who have been victims of sexual harassment write ‘Me Too’ in their status, then maybe we can make people realize how big this problem is.”
Impact Of A Tweet
This single tweet had such an impact that thousands of women on Twitter started breaking the silence on their sexual misconduct. This campaign is not limited to America. With #MeToo, millions of women from all over the world started expressing their concerns on social media. With this began a wide debate on sexual misconduct at workplaces. Now the ‘Me Too’ campaign is also gaining momentum in India.
A few days ago, Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta accused actor Nana Patekar of molesting her during a film shoot. These allegations of Tanushree received very mixed reactions from Bollywood. But Tanushree’s objection gave courage to many women that they too could speak openly about their sexual misconduct. It started from here and it started knocking in the Indian news media while being Bollywood. Prashant Jha, political editor of Hindustan Times, has had to resign from his post after some similar allegations.
Many journalism-related women have started writing openly on social media about their sexual misconduct. Most of these women have told their objections without hiding their identity. People are also seeing this as the ‘Me to Movement’ of the Indian media. But can it really be called the ‘Me to Movement’ of the Indian media?
However, by the time this report is written, many women associated with linguistic media have started writing on this issue. But their number is still very limited compared to the English media. How common are sexual abuse incidents in Hindi newsrooms and why are women still shying away from this? How difficult is it for women in the Hindi media to talk openly about sexual misconduct with them? The answers to all these questions, many women in Hindi journalism, have shared their personal experiences with newslaundry:
Vartika Mishra (Rajkamal Publication):
A prominent journalist who came out of IIMC, who started his website, received a lot of applause on social media by saying that he started a separate column for women for his website and suggested her name. At the same time, I told him about sexual abuses made by one of his friends and media personnel. I considered him a friend and that is why I shared with him, but his reply was, “I believe that if any girl goes to a boy’s room, then she puts her ‘everything’ in Takha (cupboard).” As long as people are sitting to test the character of women, by then I will doubt that a ‘safe space’ will be ready for women in the Hindi media.
Actually Hindi media is acting like a small ghetto. I have an example of Dilip Khan, a journalist working in ‘Hind Kisan’. He is an established journalist and people like Om Thanvi to Amrita Singh are admirers of his work. But I have heard about five sexual abuse cases against him in the last ten months. Rather, those girls have written everything openly on social media. In the name of Asar, all that happened was that Dileep was missing from social media for 10 days. After that he returned and everything went on like before. As if nothing ever happened. How bad is it
Everyone saw and read these news. All the senior journalists knew about this matter, but neither Dileep was pressurized, nor was there any impact on his career. On the contrary, the character abuses of those girls started. Whereas it should have been that these so-called feminist senior journalists should have shown Dileep a way out and made the women feel safe.
When there is no action, then from where will any girl get the courage to speak up and why she will needlessly go through social media trials. Human resource departments in institutions also do not have a very positive attitude about these issues. They, like society, want to decide on their level that sexual abuses
I complained about these things to the editor. He expressed his inability to take any step and told me that if you want to take the matter up, you can take it but nothing will happen. A similar thing happened to the girl who was in the team before you. He said that there is no concrete evidence against him and he does not think anything will happen.
At that time, I was not too old nor had much media experience. So I got my transfer to another part of the editorial team and soon left that job.
By the way, this accident was not in front of those accidents which girls have been facing since childhood. I still remember that incident from school days when three of our friends passed through a deserted street and a man standing on the street at the same time used to masturbate and watch us. We girls used to cross that part of gasping trembling everyday but never got the courage to tell anyone.
Of course, sexual abuse has also happened in Hindi newsrooms. But there are many reasons to remain silent about this. First, social conditioning. Most girls have a past associated with sexual abuse. So the abuse in the newsroom does not make them very angry. There is this feeling somewhere within them, ‘I have been experiencing this since long. One more time. ”The mechanism of protest within them is over.