Bengaluru molestation: Twitterati explains difference between ‘Not All Men’ and ‘Yes All Women’

Here's how #NotAllMen became viral after Abu Azmi's remarks on Bengaluru mass molestation

Published: 03rd January 2017 10:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th January 2017 05:20 PM   |  A+A-

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By Online Desk

It was not a happy new year for folks celebrating the day at MG road, Bengaluru. The incident of mass molestation has raised several questions about women’s safety and police inaction. But Tuesday saw a new twist to the incident, with Abu Azmi, Mumbai-based Samajwadi Party leader, reacting to the mass molestation with misogynist comments.

“When a few women in half dress come out on the streets at late night with their friends, such incidents do occur,” Azmi said. Azmi has been known for issuing similar statements in the past. For example, “Women are precious like gold. If you expose them, they’ll be looted. Women should not move around like men late night. They are weak, so they should think before they venture out.” In reference to rape cases, he had said, “When villagers come to big cities they see women with lesser clothes and make-up... that’s why such incidents happen in the country.”

In the past, daughter-in-law and former actress Ayesha Takia had condemned his remarks about rape and women’s dressing sense.


While media virally ran his comments on the mass molestation, here's what Azmi remarked about it late on Tuesday.


Starting 2017 on a sexist note and hearing it from someone like Abu Azmi was enough to incite a twitter war, with two hashtags trending simultaneously- #NotAllMen and #YesAllWomen. 

While #NotAllMen was trying to establish that every man is not a rapist, not a groper, not an eve teaser and so on, #YesAllWomen had strong voices speaking of how several women have undergone assaults no matter what.

Some men on Twitter called out those ‘defending’ their gender with #NotAllMen hash tag and asked them to stop diverting attention from the real issue.  Women too asked how #NotAllMen would fix the problem at hand. 

Here's a look at some of the tweets-







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