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#MeToo movement needs to make paradigm shift towards social and educational reforms of gender equity
#MeToo campaign has become a movement sweeping into all strata and sectors of Indian society, may it be media, politics, sports, religion, social work, professions, administration, education, business, services, medicine or other work areas. The movement's new rant is: Name Predators; Shame Predators!"

However, some high and mighty, instead of feeling ashamed, have moved the court saying as if it were all "cock and bull story" and some others have started blaming women in the tone that "boys will be boys"; and 'women should behave'  and should not compromise for personal gains, dress improperly or behave cheaply to avoid sexual assaults.

On the other hand, social psychologists say that such phrases allow anti-social and harmful behaviours on part of boys and men to get strengthened and persist. Social psychologists often say that since something happened to the victim and no evidences are available, law could tell the victim 'it isn't so' but that still doesn't mean that 'it isn't so.

Psychologists hold that an accused person often boldly denies the wrongdoing at the first instance and tries to indirectly threaten the victim that what you have received or felt was not true. Many times, the accused would that he was being 'framed' despite the tell-tale mental scars persisting.

Some sociologists say that our upbringing and education have failed us. Both social learning and cognitive development have gone bad, education does not develop our critical-creative thinking and self-reflection. We are being shamelessly being conditioned slavery of sensual pleasures and becoming predators, hunters and grabbers of women as trophies.

Education must aim at awakening of self-reflection and voice of conscience that judges one's own behavior and keeps on correcting it for many. Mahatma Gandhi, while emphasizing development of the voice of conscience for ethical decision making, had once said, "The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience."

Philosopher and thinker J Krishnamurti had once said that our whole psychological training; as well as physical, neurological, hereditary; was based on the pursuit of pleasure.

"If you examine not only the outward values and judgments' of society, but also examine, look within ourselves, you will see that pleasure and its evaluation and judgment is the main pursuit of our lives. We may resist, we may sacrifice, we may achieve or deny, but at the end of it there is always this sense of gaining pleasure…being pleased, gratified," he states.

In such a scenario, where confrontation and subversion of the movement have started raising their heads, it would be right to convert it into a movement of social and educational reforms.

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