‘The Media is Making a Heroine Out of an Ordinary Person’s Journey’: Tanushree Dutta on Her #Metoo Moment

As she returns to the US, Tanushree Dutta who triggered the #Metoo Movement talks about why the campaign is far bigger than her
‘The Media is Making a Heroine Out of an Ordinary Person’s Journey’: Tanushree Dutta on Her #Metoo Moment
Tanushree Dutta

She is rightly regarded as the founding mother of the MeToo movement in India. When Tanushree Dutta spoke on her experience of being harassed ten years ago, she opened up the floodgates for numerous other women in India from every walk of life to come forward with their stories. But now Tanushree is done. She is all set to return to the US, and she refuses to take credit for starting the MeToo movement in India.

Protests Tanushree, “The media is just making a heroine out of an ordinary person’s organic journey. I was not the doer but just a conduit and a vessel through which some change or awareness had to come about in society.” Not that she is distancing herself completely from the movement. “ In a way, I needed retribution too from the incident that pushed me back several years in my professional life.”

But now it’s time to return to her normal life in the US.  Tanushree explains, “I live there now. I was anyways supposed to go back eventually. This became a very long holiday by default and I ’ll be back again. But I’m going to miss it though, my family and everything else here.”

She is sure the MeToo movement will go on in India regardless of her presence. “Nothing should be dependent on me. Because  when things are dependent on the initiative and  push by a single individual they get bound and don't flourish freely and in its own time.”

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