Post the Harvey Weinstein incident, who grabbed the headlines for allegedly sexually assaulting many actresses, we saw many females from Hollywood, Bollywood and TV industry came forward and shared their #MeToo stories in front of the audience. Because of that, many filmmakers and other members of the entertainment industry came under spotlight and some of them even lost their jobs. Amidst that period, popular TV actress Munmun Dutta, who is known for portraying the character of Babita Iyer in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, opened up on #MeToo and wrote a lengthy post on Instagram revealing she has been a victim of this horrible act too.
She wrote, “#MeToo …… Yes …. #Metoo ….. Sharing a post like this and joining the global awareness on sexual assaults on women all over the world and showing solidarity to each and every woman who sailed on the same boat , shows the magnitude of the problem. M surprised that some ‘good ‘ men are shocked to see the number of women who have come out and shared their #metoo experiences. NO DON’T BE. This is happening in your own backyard, in your own house, with your own sister, daughter , mother, wife or even your maid … Gain their trusts and ask them. You will be surprised at their answers.. You will be surprised with their stories..”
The actress continued, “Writing something like this brings me to tears reliving those memories as a little girl when I was scared of the neighbourhood uncle and his prying eyes who at any given opportunity would grope me and threaten me not to speak about this to anyone ….. OR my much older cousins who would eye me differently than their own daughters …. OR the man who saw me at the hospital when I was born and 13 years later he thought it’s appropriate for him to touch my body because I was a growing teenager and my body had changed…. OR my tuition teacher who had his hands in my underpants ……. OR this another teacher , whom I tied Rakhi to, would scold the female students in the class by pulling their bra straps and slapping on their breasts ….”
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