In the rise of #MeToo movement in India, many Bollywood celebrities have come out in support of all the victims of sexual harassment. Amitabh Bachchan remained silent all this while and even dodged the question on Tanushree Dutta’s sexual harassment allegations against Nana Patekar during the trailer launch of Thugs Of Hindostan. On the occassion of his birthday, the actor has finally opened up and tweeted a link to an interview.
In the interview Mr. Bachchan talked about how women should not be subjected to sexual harassment at workplace. “No woman should ever be subjected to any kind of misbehavior, or disorderly conduct ; especially at her work place. Such acts should immediately be brought to the notice of concerned authorities, and corrective measures be taken, either through filing complaints or a recourse to law. Discipline and civic, social and moral curriculum, should be adopted at a very early educational level. Women children and the weaker sections of our society are the most vulnerable. They need to be under special protective care. It has been most heartening to see women representations in most work vocations, on the increase in our country. It would be an irreparable blemish if we are not able to provide them the welcome they deserve and the dignity of the security of their presence,” said Amitabh.
Earlier, when he was asked to comment on Tanushree Dutta’s matter, Amitabh said, “Neither am I Tanushree, nor am I Nana Patekar, so how can I comment on this?” Tanushree was disappointed listening to this response and said, “I’m hurt, as these are people who do movies on social causes. They play roles in films and the audience applauds. But when it comes to standing up and doing something about what is happening in front of you, there are these evasive statements that don’t make sense”.
In the past few days, many women not only from Bollywood but from the other industries as well, have come forward and narrated their traumatising stories of assault. It all started with Tanushree Dutta’s allegations against Nana Patekar. Celebrities such as Vikas Bahl, Zulfi Syed, Rajat Kapoor, Kailash Kher, Chetan Bhagat, Rajat Kapoor, Ronit Roy and others have been accused so far of sexual assault.