WE MUST LISTEN TO VICTIMS: HUMA
#MeToo is the most relevant recent movement in India, believes the actor
Actor Huma Qureshi thinks it’s brave of women to come out and talk about their sexual harassment or rape stories, saying that the #MeToo movement will bring positive change in the country. She also urges people to “listen to the victims”, and not turn away from their experiences.
“I think #MeToo is the most relevant movement that has happened in recent times in India as far as women are concerned. And I think it’s amazing but heartbreaking to hear stories about stuff that women — and supposedly powerful and successful women — go through every single day,” says the actor.
The Kaala actor points out, “Recently, I saw a picture of (pop superstar) Lady Gaga where she wore a pant suit. At the event, she spoke about the fact that she wanted to wear pants because she has been a victim of sexual assault and that she still doesn’t have the guts to talk about it. Now that’s something to think about.
“I think there’s something to take away from that, and I say, more power to all the women who are choosing to talk about it. It’s very brave and I think we must really get up and listen to them because we aren’t listening to them.”
After hitting Hollywood, the #MeToo wave in Bollywood has seen personalities like Nana Patekar, Vikas Bahl, Kailash Kher, Rajat Kapoor, Alok Nath, Anu Malik, and Sajid Khan named and shamed.
Huma feels that the #MeToo movement is here to stay. “I hope and I pray that it’ll result in a lot of positive changes for not just our film industry but for the world and the country at large,” says the actor.
It’s amazing but heartbreaking to hear stories about stuff that women go through every single day. HUMA QURESHI ACTOR