The Bengaluru molestation incident that took place on the New Year’s Eve has made the whole country ashamed, especially women whose security is a very big issue in our country. Many Bollywood celebs have raised their voice against it, and filmmakers Gauri Shinde and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, who are known for making films with strong women characters, too spoke about the issue recently.
‘Dear Zindagi’ director, Gauri said, “It is disgusting. What is this heinous world that we live in? What can I say to express my outrage? This is not the time to speak. It is time for action. Swift action.”
Ashwiny, who made her directorial debut last year with ‘Nil Battey Sannata’, said, “When we were young, my mother never used to be scared to send me to play in the playground. Why is it now that I am slightly scared to send my girl to the garden? Over-exposure of communication which demeans women the way they are portrayed evokes the feeling that this is the way women are! It’s just on TV or the internet. Women have been objectified everywhere. So, young men think that this is correct since they are growing up watching this. Young men feel a need of power that they can do anything to show a one up towards women.”
“We have powerless heads who think the root cause of everything related to disrespecting a woman is the woman herself. As a society, our responsibility is to start teaching young boys about all the challenges women face in schools and homes. Respecting woman starts from there, similar to respecting your mother, the woman who is placed at the highest societal level,” the director added.
We agree with Gauri and Ashwiny’s views.