Actress Raveena Tandon, who will be seen in the hard-hitting film Maatr on April 21, has written an Open Letter against sexual crimes in the country. The movie is based on rape and child sexual abuse, where the protagonist’s daughter has to undergo the harrowing experience. The movie is a poignant tale of an incident which sadly is the reality of a lot of Indian women and girls, especially in the rural areas but not limited to it.

Raveena Tandon is also miffed that Maatr, in spite of having received an A-certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), was asked to be toned down in terms of its portrayal of rape. Strange, isn’t it? Nothing is done to stop the crime of rape but everything is done to stop its portrayal. Read Raveena Tandon’s full Open Letter here, shared as a statement:

“Crimes in India have been on a constant rise of late. As a mother, this really scares me. Sometimes, we read about horrifying incidents in the newspapers or watch these gruesome acts being discussed on television; during such times, my worst fears begin to haunt me. As a mother, a person’s thoughts are a lot different than how they would have been otherwise.

As of today, more than 34,000 rape cases are lodged every year, which is just a miniscule fraction of incidents that have actually occurred. Because of this, I am always on my guard. My blood boils when I read about people being harmed, about young boys and girls and their helpless parents.

Dear young boys, all I can tell you is STOP. Stop objectifying women. Stop looking at them like they are some kind of commodity. Stop thinking that you’re automatically entitled to the women you see around you.

Dear young girls, my heart goes out to you. When the society fails to protect you, it is important for you to understand that it’s all in your hands now. It is time to learn to voice your grievances and fight back against the men who ogle at you, pass lewd comments, and even dare to touch you inappropriately.

And lastly, I want to address the parents. It is undoubtedly crucial to teach your daughters how to defend themselves, but it is imperative that you teach your sons not to attack in the first place. The day this happens will be the day our country is truly safe for women.

India can be a haven for women only if everyone works together towards the cause. Having said this, I urge everyone – men, women and others alike – to raise their voices against such atrocities, and work towards a safer tomorrow. You wouldn’t want a nasty incident to happen to someone close to you, right? So, act today!

Signed,

A Worried Mother.”

We feel Raveena Tandon has made a very valid point in her open letter. The rising incidents of sexual crimes in the country have given India a bad image. But it is not about the image – it is about the sick mentality of the people who indulge in such acts. These men and the women supporting them have to be reformed. Sexual crime is taken very lightly by some in a nation that worships so many goddesses. Isn’t it ironical? Raveena Tandon REACTS on Pakistan’s death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav!

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Maatr releases on April 21, 2017 in India. Watch this space for the review of the film.