Is sex­ual ha­rass­ment a trump card, asks Kavita

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Kavita Awaasthi

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?”

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