‘Tough for women to dis­cuss ha­rass­ment’

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - PTI

Even as Hol­ly­wood stands rocked by a mas­sive scan­dal, with al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct lev­elled against pro­duc­ers Brett Rat­ner and Har­vey We­in­stein, and ac­tor Kevin Spacey, only Ir­rfan Khan and Richa Chadha have spo­ken about fac­ing cast­ing couch in In­dia. Ac­tor Vidya Balan be­lieves women avoid talk­ing about the sex­ual ha­rass­ment they face in work­places out of fear of be­ing judged. “Women never had the courage to talk about sex­ual ha­rass­ment as the fin­ger would be pointed back at them. I think be it sex­ual ha­rass­ment or rape, women have al­ways found it dif­fi­cult to talk about it,” she said. The 38-year-old ac­tor has said even in Hol­ly­wood, the pow­er­ful re­mained silent about sex­ual ha­rass­ment ini­tially. “In the West, it has hap­pened to pow­er­ful and suc­cess­ful peo­ple and they did not do any­thing about it. But peo­ple have started talk­ing, re­veal­ing things.” Vidya says she walked away from peo­ple she felt un­com­fort­able, but at the same time, adds, “I could walk away be­cause I had a home to go back to. I had fam­ily, food on my plate and noth­ing to worry about. Lot of peo­ple have dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances.” The ac­tor said that though she never had to re­sort to any com­pro­mise to get work, she does not judge those who did. “No one has asked me for a cof­fee. If I went to have cof­fee with some­one, it was be­cause I wanted to go. But I don’t judge oth­ers who had to use any sort of means as ev­ery­one’s cir­cum­stances are dif­fer­ent.”

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Vidya Balan doesn’t judge those who com­pro­mised for work

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