Sonam on MeToo: Bollywood remained silent as there is lot of shaming and victim blaming
It has been over three months since the #MeToo movement gained momentum in India. After Tanushree Dutta alleged Nana Patekar of sexual harassment, several bigwigs of Bollywood including Subhash Ghai, Sajid Khan, Alok Nath, Kailash Kher, Rajat Kapoor were exposed.
Many have spoken about it while many have kept mum. Now, Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor opened up about the various issues faced by Indian women in real life including the issue of #MeToo campaign. In an interview with the Business of Fashion, Sonam revealed why most of the celebrities in Bollywood opt to remain silent on matters related to women harassment in the industry.
On being asked as to why the high profile people in Bollywood haven’t said anything about the #MeToo movement, the ‘Neerja’ actress quipped people choose to remain silent because there is a lot of shaming and victim blaming in India.
Sonam further noted that she has in fact spoken up about the campaign and has even penned down an article on it. The actress also added that she is very lucky to have a family that supports her in every aspect of her life and this is where she gets the safety net. “But most of the girls and boys do not have such kind of security or safety in their homes,” she added.
The Bollywood Diva also agreed that India is a patriarchal country where women are treated as garbage and therefore, the women are scared to talk about it. “Some of my close friends in Bollywood have also encountered horrible sexual encounters in the film industry,” Sonam revealed.
It is to be noted that Sonam wrote an article on the #MeToo movement in India which was published in Elle India. The actress expressed her desire to join the movement in the article.