#MeToo: Some names have shocked me, says AR Rahman

Music maestro AR Rahman has joined the long list of celebrities lending support to the #MeToo movement in India. Commending the victims who have shared their alleged sexual harassment ordeals, the 51-year-old 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 added a caveat. “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’. The campaign is now gaining momentum with allegations being levelled against prominent personalities.

Over the last month, women have leveled allegations of sexual misconduct against Bollywood biggies including Subhash Ghai, Alok Nath, Vikas Bahl, Kailash Kher, Chetan Bhagat, Sajid Khan, and Varun Grover, among others. Politicians,  professionals, lawyers have also come under fire with women narrating their stories of sexual harassment and misconduct.

 

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