On New Year's Eve, many women revelers faced harassment and molestation during celebrations in Bangalore.
The attacks were shocking — the molesters outnumbered the 1,500-strong police force deployed to maintain the peace and women were reported to seen fleeing the scene, heels in hand.
Many took to social media to voice their disgust:
Unfortunately, the conversation was diverted from the molestation the women underwent by the resurgence of the hashtag #NotAllMen. #NotAllMen originally surfaced with the movement 'Not all men are like that' where men took to social media to argue against the generalisation of men as sexists.
Soon, people began to call out this Twitter trend for its dilution of the issue at hand.
Some responded with an alternate hashtag #YesAllWomen.
What's important to remember is that the Twitter warfare is taking away attention from the issue, instead of facilitating conversation about solving it.
So let's stop with the unnecessary defensiveness and accept that there are bad people out there and we can work together to fight them instead of nabbing at each other. We're all on the same side here, aren't we?