Actor Swara Bhasker has revealed that it took her 6-8 years to realise that she got sexually harassed by a director in the past. The actress was speaking at the launch of a documentary when she stressed on how women aren’t taught about men’s ‘predatory’ behaviour since childhood and therefore, they fail to realise they are being harassed. Swara shared her experience and said, “It took me 6-8 years to realise when I heard someone else talk about their experience of harassment at a panel discussion like this. I was like God, what happened to me 3 years ago was actually sexual harassment at workplace! I never realised it because like you said, I escaped. Because the person did not touch me and I managed to ward it off.”
She added, “I would just tell myself that this director is being… whatever, but that is not the full truth. The director was not being an idiot or an ass, he was being a predator.” Swara also mentioned that a girl’s upbringing in the country is drastically different from how boys are raised in families. The Veere Di Wedding star asserted that in most cases there’s no one in the family to tell a girl about what can be termed as sexual harassment.
Swara then talk about the culture that glamourises the sexual offenders and let them grow. She said, “First of these things is completely inhospitable and hostile society and a culture that actively or sub-consciously enables predators… We should use this moment to not just talk about the one predator that got caught and got glamourised”.
She added, “But we should also talk about the culture that enables these predators to reach the position of power they do. So, it’s also a question of making ourselves aware of many things that go into legitimising predatory behaviour.”