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Sonam Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin, Anurag Kashyap These Bollywood celebs should be lauded for sharing tales of molestation thereby encouraging other victims

Sonam Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin, Anurag Kashyap These Bollywood celebs should be lauded for sharing tales of molestation thereby encouraging other victims

Veteran actress Daisy Irani’s account of being raped as a 6-year old came as a shock. The actress, who was one of the most popular child artistes in 1950s, recalled an incident when she was molested by her guardian, Nazar. In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, she revealed, “I can recall the incident only in flashes, but I do remember the killing pain, and the visual of him belting me.” In recent times, due to the #MeToo campaign, many Bollywood and international celebs have come forward and shared stories of having been through such traumatic incidents. These personalities have emerged as bold survivors and everyone is applauding them for being brave. And this is indeed important. Celebs are major influencers and when they talk about such uncomfortable experiences, other victims, too, feel empowered to come out in the open and talk about it. Around the world, there is a sense of awakening as far as the issue of sexual abuse and molestation is concerned.

Back home in India, in a society like ours, where we value culture and traditions over everything else, talking about the issue matters a lot. We like to sweep such things under the carpet, turn a blind eye to the going-ons, tell the victim to not tell anyone, defend the offender’s motives and move on. The #MeToo campaign, hence, becomes even more relevant in our country. And we must really commend celebs who didn’t shy away from sharing their horror stories such that others, too, feel at ease sharing theirs. It is a big deal because victims of abuse and molestation are often led to believe that it is their fault and that they must have done something wrong. Celebs talking about it proves and validates the fact that the victim is just that – a victim, and needs empathy, if nothing else.

When an actress like Sonam Kapoor, who belongs to a film family, confessed that she was molested, it obviously must have been a big deal for her. It can’t be easy for a public figure like her to admit to something like that. She had said, “I have been molested when I was younger and it’s traumatising.” To think of it, don’t we always think of a star kid as someone who has led a sheltered life and has all the luxuries of the world, at her beck and call. Apparently not. And it is refreshing to have the actress break the myth.

Kalki Koechlin, too, shares Sonam’s plight. However, not one to say things to garner attention, she had said, “For me, it’s not a one-day headline, it’s something that’s a reality I have lived with for a long time.” Her quote says it all. She has lived as a victim of abuse and that is so traumatic that talking about it must be unpleasant too and we laud her for doing it nevertheless.

Poorna Jagannath, who has always played strong characters onscreen, too, had a tale of molestation to share. She had said, “My first encounter with sexual violence was probably when I was 9. There was a neighbour and family friend who got his hands on me. He obviously told me not to tell anyone.” This alone says how the issue of sexual abuse and molestation is always a topic of hushed discussions. But it doesn’t need to be.

Imagine how traumatic must it be to be abused by someone whom you trust. Sitar player, Anoushka Shankar went through such an experience in her childhood and said that it had scarred her for life. We can’t even begin to imagine what it must have been like.

And if you think that the abuse and molestation is limited to women, you are so wrong. In an interview, renowned filmmaker Anurag Kashyap had said, “I met him after many years. He wasn’t some dirty old man. He was 22 when he abused me. He was guilt-ridden when we met. I decided to put the whole nightmare behind me and move on. But it wasn’t easy. I came to Mumbai brimming with angst, bitterness and a sense of violation and isolation.” Honestly, it must have taken a lot for the filmmaker to admit to something like this but kudos to him that he could share the story and encourage others too.

Sonam Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin, Anurag Kashyap These Bollywood celebs should be lauded for sharing tales of molestation thereby encouraging other victims

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