Actor Dia Mirza thinks that women have endured sexual harassment for very long and it’s time for them to stand against it. The actor was talking at a panel discussion at the launch of documentarian Anant Patwardhan’s latest documentary Harvey Weinstein-The Inside Story when she made some interesting points. She also stressed upon the fact that there’s a need of backing up complaints of sexual misconduct with a legal proceeding. Here’s what Dia said:

On the important of the documentary:
“I feel every woman should watch this film to understand how society functions, especially people in positions of power. More than anything else, it will encourage more women to come forward with their stories because we have long endured a culture of silence. I think because of the silence of women, sexual predators have got encouragement, so I feel when women will talk openly about these issues then only, we will be able to see the change.”

On sexual harassment at work-place:
“If you see this documentary, then you will realise two things which will contradict our understanding regarding this #MeToo movement. First thing is that whichever narratives have come forward by women, those have been based on serious investigations and official complaints that have been made with the police and investigating agencies.”

Dia Mirza’s statement on sexual harassment allegations against Rajkumar Hirani (Photo Courtesy: Getty Images/ India.com)

 

On the need for legal complaints:
“I think for the movement to be successful, for it to continue a healthy dialogue, for it to make enterprises more responsible and make the workplace for women safer and encourage more women to come forward, I think it is essential for women to also consider the importance of filing official complaints.”

On filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani being accused of sexual harassment:
“He has been a very close friend of mine and I have worked with him since so many years, so to comment on his case will be unfair on my part because I don’t know the details. I just want to say that before making an allegation, it’s very important to file a complaint with the ICC (Internal Complaints Committee) and they should carry out a due investigation on entire matter because without that, it’s impossible to really understand the full extent of what has happened and it can be deeply damaging to everyone.”

Statements from IANS