It's the start of a new year, but we still have to deal with the same old sexism.
India really hasn't maintained a good track record when it comes to ensuring women's safety. Take the aftermath of the Bengaluru molestation incident for example. The reactions of Karnataka's ministers, especially of Samajwadi Party's MLA Abu Azmi, pretty much highlighted the mentality of the officials of 'India's silicon valley'.
This justifiably enraged social media users across India. But it wasn't just the horrfying mass molestations during the New Year's Eve celebrations that sparked the outrage amidst socia media users. What made matters worse was that right after the discussion on these reports began gaining momentum, the infamous hashtag #NotAllMen also started doing the rounds. It was, in fact, the trending hashtag on Twitter till the time Bengaluru's Commissioner of Police Praveen Sood declared that the police had found "credible evidence" of wrongful confinement, molestation and attempt to rob.
He then went on to say that Bengaluru City Police was 'silently' working on solving the cases.
We have taken action by registering a FIR. Investigation is in progress. Police is working.... though silently.
— Praveen Sood IPS (@CPBlr) January 3, 2017
But hordes of men on Twitter couldn't keep their silence, and their opinions away from the Bengaluru incident and had to 'defend their gender' through this hashtag. Naturally, social media also broke their silence about this 'trend'. Indians didn't hesitate to call out this #NotAllMen army on their absurd logic.
— Sherlock (@engineerology) January 3, 2017
— Amena (@Fashionopolis) January 3, 2017
It is absolutely shameful that instead of concentrating on the issue of women's safety, here we are reassuring men of their image.
— Kapoor Neha (@PWNeha) January 2, 2017
Not just women, but even men joined in on the debate to point out why #NotAllMen was not just irrelevant, but also a toxic development that shouldn't unearth every time there is a case of women's safety being compromised in India.
Men who are tweeting for #NotAllMen need to stop being pissy brats and realise that no-one is targeting them. Go on with your life.
— Akhil (@akhilrex) January 3, 2017
#NotAllMen because in an incident involving the molestation of women, random men were the real victims.
— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) January 3, 2017
@bwoyblunder bhai the fact that your hashtag is focussing on men when women are facing an issue is the real problem
— pnwGuy (@pnwGuy80) January 3, 2017
AIB's Rohan Joshi decided to go on a pun tirade to channelize his indignation about the hashtag.
Amidst all the quibbing, this video of a molestation incident in Bengaluru showas the gravity of this situation. The outrage over the Bengaluru mass molestation incident doesn't imply that all men are rapists and molesters, but about the fact all women, yes all of them, still feel unsafe in India.
— Lola Kuttiamma (@Priya_Menon) January 3, 2017
Updated Date: Jan 04, 2017 16:36 PM