Hours after US-based law student Raya Sarkar regained access to her Facebook account after it was briefly blocked following a widespread debate sparked by her list of alleged sexual harassers on social media earlier this week, she put out a post claiming the support of prominent activists, including #Metoo campaign founder Tarana Burke.
The 24-year-old, while stressing that her actions as not being a 'millenial movement', claimed the support of "seasoned feminist" Tarana Burke and others that only empowered the harassed victims who named their assaulters in her post to approach the police.
Tarana Burke, a social activist and community organizer in the US who is credited to be behind the #MeToo online campaign that gained wide popularity to denounce sexual harassment in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, had on Facebook professed her support for Raya Sarkar's "fearless work".
The founder of Just Be Inc., a nonprofit organisation that helps victims of sexual harassment and assault, in her post added that "black and brown women are in these fights together".
Dalit-American transmedia artist Thenmozhi Soundararajan too extended her support to Raya Sarkar online. In her Facebook post, that was shared by Tarana Burke, she praises Raya's "autonomous decision" to support the harassed victims. Thenmozhi also slammed the "upper caste feminists" for shaming the law student's action and for their attempts to get her account blocked. Bringing it down for their" rush to shut down a Dalit woman while trying to prove their own movement credentials", she appealed for the unblocking of Raya's Facebook account.
Raya Sarkar regained access to her Facebook account on Thursday after the company was contacted directly, she said.