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Exclusive: Mini Mathur speaks up in support of Tanushree Dutta; says people need to be a more empathetic towards her
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In an exclusive telephonic interview, Indian television host and actor, Mini Mathur has spoken up in support of Tanushree Dutta‘s accusation against Nana Patekar as well.
We asked Mini her opinion on the harassment claims and she said, “I’m aware of Tanushree’s allegations and also remember that she had made the same harassment allegations ten years ago. However, her story was rubbished and cast aside and there was little support for women who wanted to share their harassment experiences at work 10 years ago. It was an embarrassment they were supposed to endure silently”.
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It was 10 years back too that Tanushree had raised her voice against the misbehavior that happened with her on the film’s sets. But it only now that celebs have had the courage to talk about harassment cases openly.
Keeping the context of evolution in the industry and how women have now become brave, Mini said, “Some people have accused her of coming out with her story 10n years after it happened but not many remember thus girl has said the SAME thing then as well. Some publications had written about it, but nobody gave her story any credibility. The poor girl literally quit work silently”.
She further took stand and claimed, “Right now, the Me too movement has created a positive and supportive environment, where women feel strengthened enough to speak up the world over. And that’s why this is the right time for her to speak up again. What’s wrong with that?”
The TV host says, that she doesn’t personally know Tanushree Dutta nor Nana Patekar or the choreographer Ganesh Acharya. But all that she says, “I gathered that Tanushree’s story has not changed one bit in 10 years. We need to be a little empathetic towards how she must have been feeling all these years.”
Speaking about the women’s struggle to express themselves and to have an ethical work environment for today’s women, Mathur said, “We are trying to create a climate for women, where they can clearly speak up about harassment at their home or workplace. Whether it’s Bollywood, banking or any other field, we need to create a safer environment for women and give them a ear and some dignity if they want to share their story with the world” As Priyanka Chopra posted today..”Believe women”. Please.
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