New Delhi, Apr 24: Congress leader Renuka Chowdhary on Tuesday made a shocking confession about women having to compromise for powerful positions. Reacting to Saroj Khan’s statement as to why only the film industry should be singled out over casting couch, Chowdhary said, “It is not just in the film industry. It happens everywhere and it is the bitter truth. Don’t imagine that Parliament is immune or other work places are immune to it. It is time that India stood up and said ‘Me Too’.”
Earlier on Tuesday, celebrated choreographer Saroj Khan sparked a controversy after she came out in defence of the casting couch in film industry. She said that the Indian film industry “at least” provided jobs and did not abandon women after raping them.
“This has been happening since time immemorial. Anyone and everyone tries to get cozy with every girl. Even people in the government do it. Why are you after the film industry? At least the industry provides employment. It is not as if you are raped and abandoned. (Yeh chala aa raha hai baba aadam ke zamaane se. Har ladki ke upar koi na koi haath saaf karne ki koshish karta hai. Government ke log bhi karte hain. Tum film industry ke peeche kyun pade ho? Woh kam se kam roti toh deti hai. Rape karke chhod toh nahi deti),” Khan said, even as she later apologised for her remark. (Also Read: Sophie Choudry’s reaction to Saroj Khan’s remark)
“It’s upon the girl – what does she want to do? If you don’t want to be caught, you won’t. When you are an artiste, why will you sell yourself? Don’t say anything about the film industry. It’s like our mother-father. (Yeh ladki ke upar hai ki tum kya karna chahti ho. Tum uske haath mein nahi aana chahti ho toh nahi aaogi. Tumhare paas art hai toh tum kyun bechoge apne aap ko? Film industry ko kuch mat kehna, woh humaara mai-baap hai),” she added.