Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who is from Uttar Pradesh, recently revealed he too was a victim of caste bias. He spoke about the recent caste based brutal rape and murder of a young girl from Hathras. “Very unfortunate”, Siddiqui said, as he spoke about how UP villages have a tradition of caste discrimination.

In Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district, a 19-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly gang raped by four men on September 14 and she passed away on September 29 in Delhi, where she was undergoing treatment. Her death sparked nationwide outrage. Commenting on the incident, Siddiqui told NDTV, families in the villages face many similar challenges while surviving caste-based discrimination.

He went on to claim that his grandmother was from a backward caste, so his family was discriminated against in his village in Uttar Pradesh. Also, when stressed that the UP police allegedly “forcibly” cremated the Dalit woman’s body, he said, “What is wrong is wrong. Our artiste community is also speaking out against what happened in Hathras. It is very important to speak out. It is a very unfortunate incident.”

What is wrong is wrong – Siddiqui

Siddiqui is the protagonist of Serious Men on Netflix. He noted how people’s celebrity status didn’t change the kind of caste based discrimination people underwent. “The fact that I am famous doesn’t matter to them. It is deeply entrenched within them…it is in their veins. They consider it their pride. The Sheikh Siddiquis are the upper caste, and they will not have anything to do with those they consider beneath them. Even today it is there. It is very difficult,” Siddiqui said.

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