Priyanka Chopra has recently revealed that she, too, had faced sexual harassment at one point of time. Adding fuel to the #MeToo movement, Priyanka, who was speaking at the Women in World Summit 2019 said, “Sexual harassment had become a norm with women.”
Further commenting on the movement, which was triggered by actress Tanushree Dutta in India, Priyanka expressed, “Now because of the support we are giving each other, people don’t have the power to shut us down.” She claimed that now women are not scared or ashamed of sharing their ordeal, India Today reported.
“We always had a voice. Just nobody heard us. Now because of the support we are giving each other, nobody can shut us down. And that’s an incredibly powerful thing to see. Now if I have a story I don’t feel I am alone anymore – and I am not ashamed of it,” the actress said.
Revealing that she has also been a survivor of sexual harassment, the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and founder of the Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education, said, “everybody in this room has probably faced one because it had become a norm with women.”
The #MeToo movement in India called out several big names from the industry.
Tanushree Dutta story
Actor Tanushree Dutta, whose revelations led to the #MeToo movement in Bollywood, has a case pertaining to her harassment complaint against Nana Patekar. She had earlier complained that the actor had sexually harassed her on the sets of Horn OK Pleassss in 2008, sources said. Dutta had complained against Patekar, producer Samee Siddiqui, choreographer Ganesh Acharya and director Rakesh Sarang.
Vinta Nanda story
In October 2018, TV producer-writer Vinta Nanda accused actor Alok Nath of sexual harassment and raping her twice about 20 years ago while they were shooting their TV show, Tara. Nanda’s revelation was shocking for the entire fraternity, eventually, she filed a criminal case against Nath. Afterwards, several other actresses, including Himani Shivpuri and Sandhya Mridul, also accused the veteran actor of misconduct. Nath, however, has denied all such claims.
“It was about a personal experience. I think people have misunderstood the #MeToo movement if they restrict it only to the film industry. It’s not only ki film industry mein aisi cheez hoti hai. Har job mein hoti hai. Jo mere saath hua hai, woh bohot pehle hua hai. Aisa nahi hai ki Dangal ke time hua hai ya uske baad. It happened when I was very young. I think people assuming that it’s very current and wondering why I am not talking about it… that’s a lot of expectation. Every woman in our country has dealt with it and I’m sure not everyone wants to talk about it publicly,” she had told a publication when asked if her story is related to casting couch in Bollywood.
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