Women get judged all the time: Vidya

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Ac­tor Vidya Balan (left), who fea­tures in a mu­sic video that is aimed at mak­ing peo­ple un­der­stand that judg­ing a woman on the ba­sis of her ap­pear­ance is triv­ial, says women need more en­cour­age­ment from the so­ci­ety.

“I feel women are judged all the time. They are judged by the clothes they wear, the length of their hair, the way they talk and even the way they walk. Women just need en­cour­age­ment to be them­selves,” she says.

The 36-year-old Bol­ly­wood star also feels that one way of get­ting rid of crime against women is by be­com­ing fi­nan­cially in­de­pen­dent.

“Money is power and there are a lot of times when women face is­sues be­cause they are not in­de­pen­dent. Eco­nomic in­de­pen­dence gives you the free­dom of choice. Ed­u­ca­tion, too, makes a dif­fer­ence,” said Balan, who also feels that we are not liv­ing in a pro­gres­sive so­ci­ety.

“We en­trust the power of our lives to them (men). They be­gan to abuse that power in a lot of ways and this is why even ed­u­cated men feel that they have the right to do any­thing with women,” says Vidya.

The ac­tor has been part of sev­eral women-cen­tric films such as No One Killed Jes­sica (2011), The Dirty Pic­ture (2011) and Ka­haani.

PHOTO: SHIVAM SAX­ENA/HT

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