After Bollywood actor, Tanushree Dutta spoke about sexual harassment at the workplace, other women have also come forward with the stories of harassment experienced by them. But there are some people who have raised questions on Tanushree bringing up the issue after a gap of ten years and have accused her of seeking attention to enter the Bigg Boss house.
In a conversation with indianexpress.com, Richa Chadha said that we need to evaluate where we went wrong as a society so women weren’t comfortable enough to speak about harassment openly. “We all have to look within ourselves and figure out how is it that we normalised the culture that women didn’t feel safe to come forward and report any kind of verbal or physical assault. We all have to answer that. A person can be a nice guy but there might be a side to him which we do not know about. All of us are complicit in this space,” opined Richa.
She continued, “We all need to go back to the drawing board and check where did we go wrong and correct it from there on otherwise it is not going to change. I can give you some false advice on how this will be beneficial but it’s not going to change until there is a drastic reframing of our culture. We all need to be in this together. If you see someone in your fraternity calling a victim and saying she wants attention or wants an entry in Bigg Boss, you need to call them out too.”
Richa also expressed that harassment isn’t just limited to Bollywood so singling out the film industry and asking what they are doing about it isn’t wholly right. She asserted, “It’s very easy to take an easy target which will get you TRPs like Bollywood and say Bollywood is a fallen industry and women have to go through casting couch and such other kind of tacky nomenclature. You can’t say what is Bollywood doing. Bollywood is doing what it is doing and it will take time. People like me have come out and spoken up time and again. Why don’t you ask other people what are they doing? What is the press doing? What is the judiciary doing? These stories of sexual harassment will tumble out of every sort of space in the society. It’s not going to end. We all, as women, have to support each other. Asking what your industry is doing, that is just whataboutery and I am sick of it.”
Appalled with the reports of harassment by the comedians, Richa said, “Today people have come out against harassment and sexism at the workplace in comedy, that is the real shocker for me because these are the men who are making feminist jokes and riding the wave of feminism. But what are they really doing behind the closed doors?”
“So, we need to evaluate this doublespeak that happens from politicians, judges, media persons and actors. It has to stop and it will stop if all of us come together, ” the Masaan actor concluded.