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Richa Chadha: Stories of Sexual Harassment Will Tumble Out Of Every Sort Of Space In The Society

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The Tanushree Dutta-Nana Patekar controversy has been surfacing on the Internet for quite a while. While a lot of actors have come forward in support of Tanushree, lauding the actress for showing courage to speak about such sensitive act, some argued that the Tanushree-Nana controversy is nothing but an act to gain publicity by the Aashiq Banaya Aapne actress.

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Recently, in an interview with IndianExpress, Richa Chadha has raised her voice against the society for not allowing the women in our culture to come forward and speak against such physical assaults. “We all have to look within ourselves and figure out how is it that we normalised the culture that women didn’t feel safe to come forward and report any kind of verbal or physical assault. We all have to answer that. A person can be a nice guy but there might be a side to him which we do not know about. All of us are complicit in this space,” opined Richa.

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“We all need to go back to the drawing board and check where did we go wrong and correct it from there on otherwise it is not going to change. I can give you some false advice on how this will be beneficial but it’s not going to change until there is a drastic reframing of our culture. We all need to be in this together. If you see someone in your fraternity calling a victim and saying she wants attention or wants an entry in Bigg Boss, you need to call them out too.” She asserted.

Richa also lashed out at the people for singling out Bollywood, asserting that the stories of sexual harassment are evident at every sort of space in the society.

“It’s very easy to take an easy target which will get you TRPs like Bollywood and say Bollywood is a fallen industry and women have to go through casting couch and such other kind of tacky nomenclature. You can’t say what is Bollywood doing? Bollywood is doing what it is doing and it will take time. People like me have come out and spoken up time and again. Why don’t you ask other people what are they doing? What is the press doing? What is the judiciary doing? These stories of sexual harassment will tumble out of every sort of space in the society. It’s not going to end. We all, as women, have to support each other. Asking what your industry is doing, that is just whataboutery and I am sick of it.” She added.

 

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