With victims of sexual harassment coming out and saying #MeToo, it is indeed a startling revelation that so many big names in the media have come out. While it started off with the Film Industry, it picked up pace when it hit the media and several women journalists named the culprits. While media is no exception to sexual harassment at workplace, one wonders about the state of Telugu media.
Surprisingly, Telugu media seems to remain mum about the whole issue. While it is a well-known fact in the Telugu media and some big names doing rounds within media circles, there have not been any accounts of victims so far. There are several news anchors who face the challenges of having to please their bosses, including bearing with their attitude full of sexual innuendos and advances.
However, if we analyse the way in which the Me Too campaign is progressing, one cannot understand why the victims did not speak up when the harassment or the incident took place. Some of the cases go back to 10 or 20 years ago, for such cases, it not only puts the victim in a difficult place as proving the harassment becomes a challenge and there will be no evidence. While no type of sexual harassment is tolerable or justified, several accounts of victims fall flat due to lack of evidence. It is important for women also to observe and gauge the behaviour of a potential harasser/predator and lodge a legal complaint.
There is no doubt that women should have safe workplaces. But, they should also come out with their charges against the harasser at the time of the incident. It takes courage to do it and it can only happen if women stand up and fight for themselves and stick to their stance till the end, without making a compromise mid-way.