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Indian journalists at a protest against sexual harassment in the media industry. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

While the United States continues to grapple with the #MeToo movement, India is experiencing a reckoning which was a long time coming.

The big picture: In India, only 6.6% of sexual harassment cases in 2016 resulted in a conviction, according to the Times of India. Accusing a sexual harasser or abuser is hard enough no matter where the victim is — but in India, where men hold even more prominent cultural power, the challenge is greater, Sonia Faleiro writes in Foreign Policy.

What's happening: Women in India were wary of putting their hope in the kind of #MeToo reckoning they saw in the U.S. But after actress Tanushree Dutta publicly spoke of her assault by another actor in 2008, "Indian Twitter blew up," FP reports, leading to a wave of other allegations against powerful men.

  • Last week, India's junior foreign minister M.J. Akbar was forced to step down after at least 20 women alleged that he sexually harassed them.
  • A HuffPost India article last week detailed sexual assault allegations against well-known Bollywood director Vikas Bahl.
  • A Times of India editor in Hyderabad, KR Sreenivas, was put on "administrative leave" earlier this month after seven women accused him of sexual misconduct, FirstPost reports.

What's next: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi "has never been held to account...for his behavior towards women," FP reports. He was challenged by the Indian National Congress, an opposition party, over Akbar's alleged victims and his defamation filing against one of the women who accused him, FirstPost reported.

  • Keep in mind: India has a general election in 2019 — during which Modi is up for re-election — and according to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, women are a key demographic because they vote in much higher numbers than men.

The bottom line, from Foreign Policy: "Indian women have identified their predators, and they will determine what happens next."

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45 million Americans under winter storm watches near New England

Computer model projection showing the winds moving around the powerful East Coast storm on Saturday Jan. 29, 2022. Image: https://earth.nullschool.net

Nearly 45 million Americans are under winter weather alerts and warnings from North Carolina to northeastern Maine, as a major winter storm threatens the region.

Why it matters: It is predicted to be the biggest blizzard since 2018 to strike the Northeast with more than 2 feet of snow possible in parts of eastern Massachusetts, according to the National Weather Service.

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Australian PM pledges $700M for climate change-threatened Great Barrier reef

A green sea turtle is flourishing among the corals at Lady Elliot island in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Photo: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Friday a AU$1 billion ($703 million) investment plan for the Great Barrier Reef.

Why it matters: The nine-year plan for projects including water quality improvement, reef conservation and supporting some 64,000 tourism jobs comes months ahead of this year's federal election. It has been criticized by scientists and environmental groups for failing to tackle climate change.

Judge nixes Gulf of Mexico oil leases in climate-focused ruling

Tug boats prepare to tow the semi-submersible drilling platform Noble Danny Adkins through the Port Aransas Channel into the Gulf of Mexico on December 12, 2020 in Port Aransas, Texas. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

A federal judge on Thursday canceled the Biden administration's late 2021 sale of new oil-and-gas drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

Why it matters: The ruling that the greenhouse gas emissions analysis by the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) was insufficient is a win for green groups that challenged the decision, as they seek to curb fossil fuel production.