At least several women have reported being harassed and molested during a large New Year’s Eve celebration on the streets of Bangalore, India. Photos from the chaotic scene show weeping women clutching onto police officers, holding their shoes in their hands so they can run away from the crowds. Now, women are taking to social media to express their outrage — at both the incident and the public reaction to it.
More specifically, as Buzzfeed News reports, women are taking umbrage over the fact that male social media users are responding to their concerns with assurances that not all men are capable of sexual harassment. “I am sure there are many decent Indian men out there, ma’am,” one person tweeted at a woman who had claimed that the Bangalore incident proved “no city is safe for women in this country. Indian men, this is on you.”
As the argument snowballed, Twitter users asserted that the “not all men” argument” serves to deflect attention from the core issue of the Bangalore incident: pervasive crimes of sexual harassment and assault.
The biggest fucking problem with the #NotAllMen ego stroking nonsense is that the main issue of the actual crime against women gets derailed
— Sam (@TheJadedQueen) January 2, 2017
On a scale of 1-10, how needlessly defensive & morally ambiguous do u have to be to say #notallmen in reply to NYE clusterfuckery in B'lore?
— arushi sinha (@arushisinha) January 3, 2017
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