With #MeToo rooting its grip further in the country, many Bollywood celebrities like Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan have extended their support to the movement since the very beginning. After keeping mum for a long time, music maestro AR Rahman has joined the long list of celebrities to lend his support to the ongoing #MeToo movement in India.
Commending the victims who have shared their alleged sexual harassment ordeals, the 51-year-old singer said he would love to see "our industry become cleaner and respectful of women." He took to Twitter to share his views. "Been observing the #metoo movement. Some of the names have shocked me... both the victims and their perpetrators. I would love to see our industry become cleaner and respectful of women. More power to all the victims coming forward!!" read the statement. However, the Oscar-winning composer also underscored that "we should be careful in creating a new internet justice system, in case it's misused."
The #MeToo movement, which began in Hollywood a year ago, took flight in India after Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of allegedly harassing her on the sets of 'Horn Ok Pleassss' in 2008. Since then many women have come forward with their stories. Even Tanushree’s sister Ishita Dutta Sheth also claimed that she is proud of her sister for not just standing up for herself but also fpr encouraging other women to stand against sexual harassment.
The campaign is now gaining momentum with allegations being leveled against prominent personalities. Over the last month, women have leveled allegations of sexual misconduct against Anu Malik, Alok Nath, Vikas Bahl, Kailash Kher, Chetan Bhagat, Sajid Khan, and Varun Grover, among others.
(With ANI inputs)
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