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Need to convert #MeToo campaign into equitable relationships and social education movement for both men and women
The most positive outcome of the #MeToo campaign has been that it has broken the culture of silence against the objectification and sexual harassment of women in various social sectors and work places. Women have come to the fore fearlessly to disclose the harassment collectively and put the powerful offenders on a back foot.

However, there is a need be watchful against the campaigns to be derailed by turning it into to fight between men and women. There is no doubt that if you scratch various organizations - whether in the public, private, market, social, political, religious sectors - if you scratch them, they stink of sexual harassment and exploitation of women.

We must remember that earlier stray cases of sexual harassment highlighted by media could not be converted into movements and dominant politicians and Khaps had remarked to the effect 'men will be men, and women must behave in such a way so as not to invite sexual assaults'. This time, it is a different story and it can make a dent.

The campaign is now needed to be converted into forum for bringing about a social reform that brings about equitable relationships between men and women. It is the right opportunity to redefine relationships which requires sitting of well-meaning people sitting together and sphere head a social reform movement of social equity and mutual care.

To me, it appears that we need to understand 'relationship' as a precept and spearhead a social education and reform movement for lasting change. Here are my pattern verses for understanding the precept of relationship. 

  • Relationships are / Bedrocks of our existence / As one human race.
  • Mutual care with deep / Awareness of existence / For its own value
  • Relationship with / Motives, gratifications / Are give and take deals
  • Objectification / Of relationships leads to / Exploitation
  • Ends relationship / When gratifications sought - / Advantages seen
  • Ends relationship / When we relate to things got - / Not to the person
  • People's communion, / Partaking with equity - / That's relationship.
True relationship - / It is non-physical, soulful - / And non-possessive

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