Ayushmann Khurrana’s August 18 release Bareilly Ki Barfi is just round the corner and the actor has been out and about promoting the film. At a recent media interaction, the actor, who hails from Chandigarh, was asked about the notorious and shocking stalking incident that took place in the city last week.

The actor was aware of what had conspired between Vikas Barala, son of Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Subhash Barala; his friend Ashish Kumar and Varnika Kundu, daughter of a senior IAS officer in Chandigarh last week and was aghast. He said that what happened in Chandigarh should be a lesson for women all over the country.

“What happened should be a lesson for every woman out there. Being alert can help in a big way. It was the woman’s presence of mind that helped cops take the necessary action,” said the actor further reaffirming, “Chasing or stalking someone, even if it is merely to talk to the other person is not acceptable and calls for strict action. I am glad that the woman spoke up about what happened and was brave,” said the actor. ALSO READ: Is Ayushmann Khurrana Playing A Negative Role In Bareilly Ki Barfi?

Unfortunately, like the case with all crimes against women, in this one too, the victim was blamed for being out, alone at an ungodly hour. Character assassination followed next. But Ayushmann reiterated how these aspects shouldn’t deter women from speaking up as it is an important way to work towards women’s safety. Before signing off, Ayushmann harped on how people should extend support to women like Varnika who instill courage in other women as well, “We all should stand up with her, fight for her.” We couldn’t agree more!