Kangana Ranaut is one actress who has never shied away from speaking her mind out. Recently, during an event, Kangana opened up about the harassment women face when they decide to speak up about being abused in the open.
The actress also wonders that why Bollywood actors are not naming their abusers, despite admitting that they have faced harassment. She said, ‘’The onus on the behaviour of a sexual offender is more often than not on the woman, which needs to be done away with.’’
Kangana further said, ‘’To tell our women, ‘Next time, make sure not to wear that dress, and you don’t go to that hotel room at this point of time and also don’t be too ambitious,’ all these things are not healthy. What we are telling our children is that they are responsible for a sexual offender’s behaviour. How can I be responsible? I am going to my work. Even if I am going out with my colleague or I am having wine with a friend or a partner, how can my clothing, my demeanor convert someone into a sexual offender? It’s not in my hands.”
The actress also said that if a woman, who has faced sexual harassment wants to open up years later, she should be given a space. ‘’I got harassed and I know a lot of people who got harassed. Sometimes you don’t have that liberty to put your career at stake. I do agree that you want to take that promotion but now you want to save the girls who will follow you. If I want to talk about it after six years, you as a society should encourage me. Why would you say, ‘Why now? Are you out of job? You didn’t scream at that time. Where’s the photo? Where’s the video?’ I should be allowed to talk about it (sexual harassment) even from my death bed,” said Kangana.
“Sexual harassment is the most misunderstood term in our country. I have seen a lot of actresses and influential people talking about sexual harassment but completely misunderstanding that for consensual sex. Why do you say ‘I was not a very ambitious girl so, I avoided sexual harassment?’ What are you implying? ‘I don’t come from a poor family. So, I could avoid sexual harassment.’ I don’t get the connection. What is the connection?” questioned Kangana.
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