Over the last week, Indian women have shown courage and rose to speak about what has been dirty experiences and abuses and harassment they went through in the hands of few celebrities and famous faces of India. The incidents are bound to revive the disturbing memories of being assaulted by power and toxic masculinity.
The Google interactive map makes a Google trend graph exhibiting the effectiveness of the movement. It shows the wide-spread outrage across the country. The interactive map illuminates showing the spread and scope of the #MeToo movement across the world. It offers a 360-degree view of how the campaign against sexual assault and abuse of power gained momentum around the entire planet, tracking search and social media trends starting from October 2017 to the present day.
Scrolling back through time and place on the virtual globe, which illuminates top search trends related to violence against and abuse of women in individual cities and on individual dates, it’s interesting to note that initially, the glow in India was dim at best while cities like New York, Los Angeles, and others shone like beacons of a brighter future for women – and indeed, all victims of harassment and worse.
The key word, however, is effective. Workplaces that foster environments that are hostile to women who speak up render an ICC meaningless. Very often, those who complain about their discomfort are readily branded ‘troublesome’, ‘fussy’ or ‘thin-skinned’, discouraging others from raising a similar concern. #MeToo is perhaps the antithesis of due process but conversely, it is by strengthening the due process that we can even begin to address this crisis institutionally.