‘Don’t look to su­per­stars to speak up’, says Frieda Pinto

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SLOWLY yet steadily sup­port is build­ing up in favour of Tanushree Dutta and the voice against sex­ual ha­rass­ment in the In­dian film in­dus­try is get­ting stronger. Join­ing the last of sup­port­ers, ac­tor Frieda Pinto on her so­cial me­dia han­dle wrote: “I Be­lieve Tanushree Dutta!”

In her post, the Love So­nia ac­tor said: “I don’t need to know her per­son­ally, nei­ther have been present on that hor­ren­dous day she got bul­lied, abused both sex­u­ally and psy­cho­log­i­cally, in­tim­i­dated and shut down in or­der to cor­rob­o­rate her story. However, I do know what truth, hurt and abuse sound like.” Urg­ing com­mon peo­ple to speak out, Pinto said: “Don’t look to just your su­per­stars to speak up. Be your own role model and fol­low the voice of your con­science.” Writer-di­rec­tor Nan­dita Das also ex­tended her sup­port to Dutta. “The more women speak up, the more it will give con­fi­dence to oth­ers who have been abused and will serve as a de­ter­rent to those who also have felt they can get away with it. While #Metoo, and now #After­me­too which is also gar­ner­ing momentum in the West, it is #Timesup that res­onates the most with me. It is a move­ment that doesn’t solely put the onus on the vic­tims and in­stead in­vokes a sense of shared re­spon­si­bil­ity in all of us — both men and women,” said the di­rec­tor of Manto.

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