Indians On Twitter Respond Brilliantly To Claim That Men Are Under Siege Because Of New Rape Laws

The #MenUnderSiege hashtag is a biting response to a columnist who wrote that the country’s new rape laws have made Indian men feel like they are “under a state of siege.”

Palash Krishna Mehrotra, author of the The Butterfly Generation, wrote a column for the India Today magazine on Dec. 1 which talked about what the country’s new rape laws mean for Indian men.

His column, titled “Men Under A State of Siege,” centered on the recent shocking rape allegations by a woman journalist against Tarun Tejpal, the founder-editor of Tehelka, one of India’s most respected news weeklies famous for its breakthrough investigative journalism.

Mehrotra wrote that India’s new rape laws, put in place after the horrific Delhi gang rape last year, are “draconian and full of grey areas.” He did not seem to think that ‘sexual overtures,’ ‘sexual favors,’ and ‘forcible disrobing’ constituted the definition of sexual harassment.

He also believed that it was unfair not to deem consent given under intoxication as informed consent under the new law.

He wrote:

“This means that a drunken consensual tumble with a woman can come back to haunt the man the next day, or even ten years later. This seems grossly unfair.”

He also felt that enlarging the definition of rape in India has led to men feeling they are under siege.

“Many Indian men admit privately that they feel they are under a state of siege. The bedroom has been criminalised. Is it going to be impossible to form relationships from now on? Have we as a society, yet again, swung from one extreme to another?”

3. Indians on Twitter responded swiftly and scathingly to the column and Mehrotra’s assertion that men are under siege owing to “hysterical feminism.”

5. A journalist wrote this hilariously biting First column in response to Mehrotra.

6. Others contributed to the epic #MenUnderSiege hashtag which trended in India.

"I had to work really hard to find that ecstacy I spiked her with, and now they say that it counts as non-consensual." #MenUnderSiege

— StonerJesus (@Heavenly Dissident)

"A bar full of women wanting to buy their own drinks, have fun, dance and go home, unraped, unmolested" #MenUnderSiege

— GreaterBombay (@Rachel Lopez)

Expects me to hold the door open for her. She isn't even pretty. #MenUnderSiege

— Mansimusing (@Pun_star)

There's a ladies compartment on the metro, but none reserved for men #MenUnderSiege

— k_nandini (@Nandini Krishnan)

"Marital rape? GET THE LAW OUT OF MY MARRIAGE. Where can a man go to assault his wife in peace!" #MenUnderSeige

— woh_battameez (@Battameez)

Have to break stoic, silent, lantern-jawed pose to actually verbally ask "wanna have sex with me?" #MenUnderSiege

— AmbaAzaad (@Amba Azaad)

12. The men who were supposedly under siege tweeted as well.

No place left to peacefully scratch my crotch without being stared at. #MenUnderSiege

— daddy_san (@Oculus)

My boss is a t㍪̶l㍮̶n̶t㍮㍭̶ ㍪̶n㍭̶ ̶i̶n̶t㍮̶l̶l̶i̶g㍮̶n̶t̶ woman. #MenUnderSiege

— siddharth3 (@Siddharth Singh)

"Was very ungrateful when I sent her a dick pic." #MenUnderSiege

— over_rated (@Overrated Outcast)

Female phone operator puts me on hold #MenUnderSiege

— SanSip (@Sanjay Sipahimalani)

Asked by land lady to pay my rent on time #MenUnderSiege

— arunmsukumar (@Arun Mohan Sukumar)

Had to make my own sandwich today. #MenUnderSiege

— daddy_san (@Oculus)

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