Recently the incident of a Zomato worker being accused of assaulting a woman who had ordered food has gone viral all over the internet. Investigations about the veracity of the lady’s complaints are still on and neither party has been abstained of blame yet. While the lady complained of assault,of misbehavior and of being assaulted, the man had a completely different story to tell. According to the latter, it was he who had been manhandled and abused by the woman. While several evidence do suggest that the woman might have used her class privilege to harass the man on unfounded causes, no final verdict has been established on the matter.
However, the point to be noted in this case is the reaction of the whole of the internet and the massive number of abusive trolling. Whenever incidents of this nature occur where there might be the minutest of doubts regarding the truth of women’s s allegations against men, the internet becomes a critique of the whole movement for the liberation of women. This is reflective of the general attitude society has against women whenever there are allegations put up against men. Be it, physical, emotional, or psychological. Rape, molestation, domestic violence, whatever be the issue, men do not hesitate to jump at the slightest breach in the narrative to vilify the entirety of womankind and prove them wrong.
Society is too eager to point their guns at faulty feminism( instances of which are a negligible minority compared with the vastness of the daily instances of violence and literal threats to their existence women suffer at the hands of men), rather than condemn the day to day disruptions men create in the lives of women. Women asking for their rights is more often than not perceived as a threat by men, which is absolutely unfortunate.
It is important for women to keep raising their voices despite the barrage of discouragement they face from all corners. Silence can never be the path to change and can only encourage injustice. Narratives of assault are sensitive issues and while it’s a grave mockery of the entirety of the movement for women’s liberation for one of womankind to frame false charges of the same, it is more important to unconditionally support any survivor who is finally ready to tell their story. The movement runs for a far deeper cause to be tainted by a few cases of exploitation of the rights women have fought so hard for.