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    #MeToo has become a top-trending hashtag among Indians on Twitter and Facebook as women recount the details of their personal tales of sexual abuse. It is a novel phenomenon in India, as Indian women usually remain quiet about sexual abuse and harassment, for fear of making their families the object of ridicule.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) — Thousands of Indian women have joined the call made by American actress Alyssa Milano to tweet #MeToo in an attempt to show the magnitude of sexual abuse, which supporters hope to demonstrate is prevalent across the globe.

    While hundreds of women on social media vented out their anger by giving detailed accounts of the sexual abuse and harassment they've been subject to during their lives, others simply stood up to be counted.

    The most unusual aspect of this social media phenomenon is that Indian women are considered coy, and do not usually speak openly about sexual assault. It is a common belief that speaking up about such things in public brings disrepute to one's family.

    Even the law and court system in India make sure that the identity of the sexual abuse victims is not revealed to the public.

    Such a huge number of women opening up about sexual assault or harassment is new to Indian society. Many Indian men on social media have expressed their solidarity towards the novel trend.

    According to a recent report released by the cyber security solutions firm Norton by Symantec, eight out of ten people in India have experienced some form of online sexual harassment. The National Crime Record Bureau recorded more than 34,000 cases of sexual assault last year.


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