EVERYTHING Is Wrong With India’s Reaction To Tanushree’s Sexual Harassment Claims Against Nana Patekar

#MeToo campaign is gaining momentum and many brave women have stepped up to share their plights. While that remains an act of unmatched valour, the society’s treatment of these women, however, is disgraceful.

We have already seen how Pakistanis reacted to Meesha Shafia and Sharmeen Obaid but the recent incident of Tanushree Dutta has further raised questions on how ready we are to listen to the victims.

Former actress Tanushree Dutta accused the infamous Nana Patekar of sending political party goons to intimidate her after she left a special song sequence due to actor’s offending, indecent and inappropriate conduct back in 2008. Following her allegations, a video of the attack also surfaced the internet – blessing strength to her claims.

“I was threatened and my car was attacked… The harassment continued for years. I was attacked by a political party at the behest of Nana Patekar.” – said Tanushree.

She further said that Me Too campaign in India can’t move further unless what happened to her in 2008 is recognized. But people have thrown all sorts of hurdles her way when she needed the most support. Here are some of the perspectives gathered up.

Tanushree revealed that she was sexually harassed by Nana Patekar on the sets of Horn ‘Ok’ Pleassss in 2008. As a protest against Nana’s inappropriate behaviour, she chose to walk out. Though many people have ridiculed her and blamed her for making this attempt for attention seeking, Tanushree said that in all these years, the actress in her has already died.

Several actresses including Twinkle Khanna, Farhan Akhtar, Renuka Shahane, Richa Chadha and Priyanka Chopra have spoken in support of Tanushree while many including Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Amitabh Bachan have opted for a more diplomatic and unbiased role.

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Model Sadaf Kanwal’s Comments On Sexual Harassment Victims Land Her In Controversy

Sexual Harassment remains a stigma-plagued issue in Pakistan, hence for the victims to open up remains a challenge. We have already witnessed the backlash Meesha Shafi faced in the regard when she accused the fellow artist Ali Zafar. Unfortunately and shamefully, the benefit of the doubt lied with the accused male artist, subjecting Meesha to ridicule and mocking. We have seen the same pattern of attitude in Ayesha Gulalai’s and Sharmeen Obaid’s case as well. Hence it remains a persistent societal attitude, which depressingly we can’t seem to get rid of soon.

In such unsupportive social dynamics, for a harassment victim to speak and raise voice remains a task beyond difficult. But when a woman speaks out, another few are encouraged – as we witnessed in Meesha’s case when 4 more women followed her up.

Hence, opening up for a victim needs a lot of gathering up the courage. Completely turning a blind eye to the sensitivity of the issue, Pakistan’s hot modelling sensation Sadaf Kanwal spoke some rather controversial words, landing her in aggressive scrutiny.

The 25-year-old modelling and acting sensation, during her interview on ‘Tonite with HSY’, said that when it happens, it should be spoken about at the moment, not later.

“You know, when you have a MeToo incident, say it then. Why are you remembering it later? I think when it happens you should say it.” – She said.

She went on saying that if it ever happens to her, she will say it at the moment. And she won’t do it on social media, but tell everyone.

Model Amna Ilyas, the other guest on the show, however, disagreed with her and said that it is not as easy as it looks like.

“When you think it’s the right time you will speak up. Many people don’t have the strength to speak up at that moment. You need a lot of strength to say something like that.” – commented Amna.

Her comments also caused a social media uproar. The internet community asked to #cancel her. Here are some of the comments:

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