Discovery Channel’s new show to decode the #MeToo movement in India

MUMBAI: Discovery Channel will be airing a new show ‘Man Woman #MeToo’ which will explore the #MeToo movement in India and the study of patriarchal pressures that have been part of the country’s culture for decades. Produced by Vice Studios, the show will premiere on 29th November at 9 pm on Discovery Channel and Discovery Channel HD.

The documentary while tracing the #MeToo movement across India delves into the origins of patriarchy in the country, the magnitude of the problem and how each one of us has played a part in it – as enablers, almost on a daily basis. Psychiatrists, gender studies experts, lawyers, police personnel, and other specialists explain the reasons – the structures and the social conditioning behind different aspects of male privilege and what effect this sense of entitlement has on men, women, children, as well as organizations – through real life examples and case studies.

Discovery Communications India Managing Director – South Asia Megha Tata said, “The #MeToo movement was an eye opener for a lot of people in India. However, along with empowering women to call out their abusers, the movement also compelled us to reflect upon how easily we all become enablers of patriarchy, reinforcing dangerous behaviors which lead to the propagation of crimes against women. With Man Woman #MeToo, we hope our viewers will be able to understand how deep-rooted the issue of patriarchy is, and what equality of genders means. We are immensely proud to present this very important film which puts into perspective the very way we are raising our children and how we need to change the way we think if we ever want to bring about change!”

Vice Asia Head of Content Samira Kanwar stated, “On 17th December 2012, India woke up to the news of one of the worst ever reported crimes against women that the country had ever heard of. Everyone thought this incident was going to change the tide of crimes against women in India. But sadly, it fizzled out faster than it should have. It took six years after that for the #MeToo movement to give hundreds of women in India the courage to come out and speak up against the men who inflicted abuse on them. Man Woman #MeToo unpacks the movement to bring out the devastating effects of patriarchy on a woman’s daily life.”

India has a long way to go before it can be free of crime against women. The answer does not lie just in creating stricter laws or reporting more crimes. What India, and the world at large needs, is a change in the way we perceive the concept of equality between men and women. Preventive Law and Equality advocate, Naina Kapur who also features in the film neatly sums up what we need to really work towards, “Equality is the ground on which I walk, not the sky to which I aspire.”