Just before the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 (CAA) took over social media, the platform was buzzing with news reports of brutal rape and murder of young women in several parts of the country, including Hyderabad and Unnao.
Popular Bollywood actress Kajol feels it is a good thing that we have at least started talking about rape openly and that such cases are at least being reported to the police, which mostly never happened before.
“I think there is a lot being reported right now. There are a lot of talking and chatter about it right now. This chatter is good because I am hoping it will change the mindset of the entire country and society. It’s not new. It’s been happening from time immemorial but we are talking about it today and only now we have cases being reported. That’s the good thing,” Kajol said.
“It’s good that people are talking about it. Conversations and debates are happening and, yes, this mindset is being brought to light. Our society has been patriarchal for ages, so we have only recently started talking about it openly. We are shining a big, strong spotlight on it and, hopefully, that will burn away some of the debate around it, some of the hard angles around it. Somewhere down the line (it will) burn our ideas also, of what it means to be a woman and what it means to be a man,” the 45-year-old actress added.
The Bollywood star feels there is an important change in our society as far as rape and sexual harassment victims go. Girls who are victims now mostly get support from their parents. “It’s strange that parents earlier were hesitant to even bring such incidents out in the public, thinking about their daughter’s future and the family’s reputation. At least, now we have started talking about it. We have realised now that the shame does not lie with the victim, it lies with the perpetrator,” she said.
On the work front, Kajol will next be seen alongside hubby Ajay Devgn in “Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior”. She plays Maratha warrior Tanaji Malusare’s wife Savitribai. (IANS)