Ever since cases of sexual harassment against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein came to light, the Internet saw people across the world coming together to raise their voice against sexual abuse and harassment of all forms. Adding the hashtag #MeToo to their social media posts, women and men came forward to share their horrifying experiences to show the magnitude of the problem. While many Indians too joined the ‘movement’, it is Kolkata Police’s Facebook post that has caught attention of the people. Just like the many who were stunned at the number of women talking bravely about the sexual abuse they have gone through, Kolkata Police took to Facebook to share a heart-touching message.
Yesterday and today, we found Facebook and Twitter full of the metoo hashtag, which exposes the shocking number of women who have been subject to sexual harassment.
We at Kolkata Police have been perturbed by the number of women who have shared #metoo. And we would also like to reiterate our pledge and commitment by saying that we hear every single one of you.
We are here to take your complaints every time you want to report a case of sexual harassment. So walk into our police stations whenever you want to report sexual harassment, and our officers are there to hear your experiences with patience and kindness and take your complaints. We urge you to be strong, we want you to be very, very angry about the leering, jeering, threats, verbal and physical abuses, we are asking you to be not afraid and to report to the police every time.
We also feel it important to talk to boys about the need to stop sexual harassment, and for this, we have recently launched a project, Dear Boys, in schools. We have visited ten schools of Kolkata, and the second part of Dear Boys will start mid-November.’