The Me Too movement, with many local and international alternatives, is a movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault. #MeToo spread virally in October 2017 as a hashtag used on social media in an attempt to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace.
From Bollywood to media to MNCs – many top shots have been hit hard by the ongoing movement. And ‘Me Too’ movement has engulfed cricket as well. Recently an Indian flight attendant accused former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga of sexually harassing her at a hotel in Mumbai.
The woman narrated the whole incident in a lengthy post on her Facebook wall and soon it went viral. Sharing her horror – woman alleged how Ranatunga grabbed her by the waist and slid his hands along the side of her breasts.
“My starstruck colleague spotted Indian and Sri Lankan cricketers in the elevator of Hotel Juhu Centaur, Mumbai and decided to meet them in their room for autographs. I decided to chaperone her, fearing for her safety, we were offered drinks (perhaps laced) I declined and stuck to my bottle of water I’d brought along. They were 7 and we 2, they latched the room door putting the chain secure. My discomfort growing inside of me, I urged her to get back to our room,” her post read.
“She was smitten and wanted to go for a stroll by the poolside, this was at 1900 hrs, the walk to the pool a desolate, unlit pathway at the back of the hotel, I look back to find (her friend) and the Indian cricketer nowhere in sight,” she claimed.
“Ranatunga grabs me by the waist, sliding his hands along the side of my breasts, I scream fearing the worst, kicking on his legs and feet. Threatening him of dire consequences, passport cancellation, reporting it to the cops etc., for he is a Sri Lankan misbehaving with an Indian. Wasting no time, I dashed for the hotel reception, a good run on an incline screaming on top of my voice. The reception said, “it is your private matter” and that they can’t help me,” the woman added.
Over the years ‘Me Too’ movement has seen a number of women from across the world coming forward and have presented their shocking stories. The campaign has been a rage all around the world but it hit India hard when Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta accused fellow actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment.
Tanushree’s claims eventually saw a number of women coming forward and joining the campaign.