In the wake of the shameful Delhi Uber Rape Case, actress Shenaz Treasurywala has shared her personal experience in the form of an open letter addressed to the men she considers “most powerful and influential” in the country – Prime Minister Narendra Modi, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir Khan, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and industrialist Anil Ambani – asking them to help fight rape and sexual harassment.
The whole letter that has gone viral can be found fully on indicine.com.
We produce some excerpts from the letter:
“Dear Narendra Modi, Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Anil Ambani, I am writing to YOU specifically because you are the most powerful and influential MEN in our country. I am writing to you as a woman who grew up in a middle class family in Mumbai. I am writing to YOU for HELP!”
“When I was 15, I started going by train and bus to St. Xaviers’ College. I was groped and touched and from all angles and this was just how I grew up. Not Just Me but MOST INDIAN WOMEN who don’t have the luxury of cars and drivers. As a teenager I would dream of and still sometimes dream that I had a machine gun and could kill all the men who tried to grope me. A very disturbing dream for a kid, don’t you think?”
“I’m ready to do anything. I’m not a big enough celeb but you Sachin Tendulkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Sharukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Anil Ambani SIRS- need to speak up as MEN ( you are the men with the power)
Please demand the Death Sentence for the Rapists.
NO BAIL. Just Death.
Superstars I beg you, please take a stand. Use your Superstardom and Power and MONEY and save the women of our country. SAVE US!
I urge you to protest or go on a fast or do something DRASTIC so people take notice, the government wakes up and CHANGES the LAW so these men are terrified to touch us.
Death to rapists. No bail. Just death.
Imagine Amitabh Bachchan Sir, Aamir Khan, Salmaan Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Ambani- if you went on a fast or walked to the Rashrtrapati In Delhi. If you, took this stand and made this YOUR NO 1 issue, how much change there would be?!”
This letter of her went viral within minutes of her publishing it. She then took to her facebook page to thank her fans for all the support. She posted:
“Thank you all for your support about the letter.
I am actually taken aback by all the response. I didn’t imagine it would go viral like this. Obviously there needs to be a CHANGE. I have received a lot of painful letters from women who have gone through the same and some men too.
Lets DISCUSS the NEXT STEPS TOGETHER.
To those who question WHY I addressed those particular POWERFUL MEN, its simple- They are influencers, it will get attention if they make WOMEN’s SAFETY their no1 issue.
WHY MEN in general and not women?
Men need to feel THE SHAME. #itstheirshamenotours #saveyourwomen
You can contact me on this page
OR on this page- http://twitter.com/ShenazTreasury
My inbox is full and I am unable to see all your personal messeges.”
Shenaz has appeared in movies like ‘Ishq Vishk’, ‘Hum Tum’ and ‘Delhi Belly’. Her next movie with TV actor Barun Sobti – Main Aur Mr Riight – is out tomorrow.