Is sexual harassment a trump card, asks Kavita
Just as justice delayed is justice denied, similarly voice not raised at the right time against injustice means justice denied in a shameworthy form,” states television star Kavita Kaushik (left), speaking on fellow actor Shilpa Shinde (below) and her on-going conflict with TV show producers Binaifer Kohli and her husband Sanjay Kohli.
Shilpa has alleged problems with the Kohlis’ production house and lodged a complaint of sexual harassment against Sanjay Kohli. In retaliation, Kohli has filed a defamation suit against Shilpa.
Kavita, who has worked with the Kohlis for nine years, on their sitcom FIR, says, “Just as a woman goes through hell if her dignity is harmed, a man does, too.” Referring to the fracas, Kavita says, “Being a public figure comes with responsibility. If you’re not raising an alarm when you face a violation of your dignity, and are talking about it after a year, you’re setting a bad example for women.
“In this duration, you have not been silent but been raising several other issues. If you choose a serious crime like sexual harassment as your trump card for the final hand, then that evidently makes its seriousness become insipid.”
As if addressing Shilpa directly, Kavita says, “You’re a very vocal and strong woman, who’s known for her fiery temper and assertive nature, and there’s nothing wrong with that — in fact, it’s very cool. So what made you go quiet for more than a year [and then] scream out that a man is torturing you?”
On Binaifer, Kavita says she is “a tough woman, extremely annoying to haggle dates with, but not a harmer”. On Sanjay, she asks, “A family man, is he dumb enough for something as suicidal as making a pass at a strong woman?”