The #MeToo movement has seen a good number of Bollywood stars being named and shamed for having committed crimes like sexual harassment and abuse, and while some have stood by the perpetrators, others have decided to part ways with them. There is a fine line between doing what is right and what is wrong, and sometimes things can get a little blurry, but filmmaker Karan Johar has come forth to give a bit of clarity what should be done. Also Read - Deepika Padukone Posts Unseen Pictures of Ranbir Kapoor And Herself From Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani as Film Completes 7 Years

During a talk on his radio show Calling Karan, the filmmaker spoke about consent and how it is important when two people are sharing a romantic relationship to understand one another. Karan said the simple way of looking at it is to understand that sex without consent equals sexual harassment. Also Read - Karan Johar Plays Rapid Fire With Little Yash And Roohi And It Will Wipe-off Your Lockdown Blues



“So how do you get consent? You ask for it! You have to ask, ‘Are you okay with this?’ or ‘Do you want to do this’. It’s important for people to understand both, the verbal as well as the non-verbal communication they get from someone they’re with. These are the basics; basics that we often tend to forget. When you come close to someone, when you’re about to get intimate, how can you not ask for consent?” he said. Also Read - Karan Johar Thanks Punit And Manish Malhotra For Making His Birthday Special With 1 Hour Video

Bollywood Life reported Karan also spoke about the things people do online when they are drunk or otherwise that is usually seen as harassment especially when it is unsolicited.



“Sending someone pictures of your private parts is also not cool! Kissing someone or touching them inappropriately while they’re drunk, is not cool. Persisting with flirtatious texts, even after someone has explicitly expressed discomfort, is definitely not cool! You must respect the boundaries that others set for you, and that’s precisely what you ask for consent, and always respect the answer,” he said.

The filmmaker went on to talk about how it is important to be clear about the consent that one is giving, not only when saying ‘yes’ but when saying ‘no’ too.

“While asking for consent is important, it is also important to know how to give consent. It’s important to say YES clearly if you are okay with it, and more importantly, it’s okay to change your mind at any given point of time without feeling the need to give an explanation. If you feel uncomfortable and you can withdraw your consent and just say ‘NO’,” he stated.

“Sex minus consent equals sexual harassment! That’s the math, and it can’t be any simpler. And hence, it’s really important to keep asking the question, and always respect the answer,” he added.