Off the Topic: #MeToo

Posted on October 10, 2018

I have a genuine (and somewhat abstract) question about all this, and let me begin by stating that I believe Chinmayee and others wrt to the Vairamuthu issue.

But here’s the question I have. My “belief” is a gut feel, based on my “personal” conviction that these women are telling the truth — but it’s not proof. So does the very basis of the justice system — “innocent until PROVEN guilty” — hold true?

So if someone makes a film tomorrow and hires Vairamuthu as the lyricist because he hasn’t been PROVEN guilty, would that be grounds to judge the filmmaker? This is not just about Vairamuthu, not just about Varun Grover, Nana Patekar etc. This is not about the INDIVIDUAL.

And you can also extend this to a corporate space. Let’s say someone you want to hire has all the qualifications you are looking for but comes with an (unproven) accusation like this.

You may believe the woman but are you obliged to give the man a chance on the basis that whole “innocent until proven guilty” thing?

(Same thing applies to a woman being accused of sexual harassment by a man.)

PS: Completely understand that with the time it takes for court cases and suchlike (and considering some of this may never even make it to court), a person’s guilt may never be “proved.” So as I said, this is more of an abstract, philosophical question.