“Why now?” a friend asked me over dinner this week amid our umpteenth conversation about Harvey Weinstein and the flood of sexual assault and sexual harassment allegations that have emerged about him. Why, after decades of guarding what had become an open secret, had women finally felt more willing to go on the record with journalists and share their stories publicly—even in the face of threats of legal action to the paper by Weinstein, and risk to their own careers, that had been there all along?
I don’t know the answer for sure, but I told her that I think—and I certainly hope—it’s because something in our culture has shifted. With the
Riots are expected in India when a spiritual guru convicted of rape is sentenced on Monday.
Dozens of people have already been killed in unrest after Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted of sex attacks on two female followers last week.
Singh, who claims to be a ‘godman’ and has a following of millions, was attacked the two cult members in 2002.
After he was found guilty, mobs of people burned down petrol stations and train stations and torched cars in protest.
Authorities are braced for another wave of violence and have placed two northern states on lockdown with thousands of riot police deployed and internet shut down to try and stop people planning demonstrations.