Written by: SMIW Editorial
This post is a part of our weekly roundup series. Every week, we will take a look-back at sexual harassment, gender violence and related incidents in India and beyond. Readers can submit their suggestions, comments and opinions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other news, one Indian gentleman sexually harassed a female flight attendant on a Saudi flight. It started with his entitlement to light a cigarette in the flight, which we all know, is not allowed. The message is literally over our heads every time we squeeze ourselves into those darn seats. Yet, somehow, this man failed to get the message. When the flight attendant attempted to stop him, he unzipped his pants to unleash the horror for us to see. It’s a classic symptom and outcome of being challenged, men who feel threatened often react with sexual harassment. Should we bar sexual offenders from flying? Yes, please.
Our favorite moment in the last week was when we heard that Anu Malik was banned entering the grounds of Yash Raj studios. Small mercies in the face of him being roped in for yet another (honestly?) season of Indian Idol. Anu Malik, a seasoned composer and music director, has multiple accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct, including when he allegedly attempted to kiss a then 15-year old singer Shweta Pandit. Another Bollywood director, Vikas Bahl of the ‘Queen’ fame, was also one of the accused in the #MeToo movement, was recently cleared of the charges of sexual harassment against him. The Internal Committee of Reliance Entertainment investigated into the case and gave him a clean chit. We can only hope that this investigation was fairer, legally binding and more ethical than what the Supreme Court of India managed to do in their investigations against Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.
To end on a good note, a ‘Global Childhood Report’ released by Save The Children NGO, informed us that the number of married young adults in the age group of 15-19 years has fallen down by 51% since 2000!! Woohoo! Not just that even teen pregnancies are down by 63% since 2000. Double woohoo!