[dropcap]A[/dropcap]amir Khan has always been a pretentious man (I would have used another word, but for decency’s sake let this be it for now). The same guy who cried when he met the family members of an accident victim on his popular TV show Satyamev Jayate, posted a congratulatory message when fellow star Salman Khan was acquitted in the infamous hit-and-run case.
And now, the blockbuster Khan does it again! This time by refusing to comment on the Tanushree Dutta-Nana Patekar incident. Why-oh-why such hypocrisy I wonder. Why are these stars ready to advocate causes for a TV show but shy away from displaying any empathy in real life. Even after Tanushree Dutta has shown exceptional courage in speaking up against sexual harassment. No Satyamev Jayate here, Mr Khan?
This is why sexual abuse is so prevalent in our society. Because we as a society always take pride in shutting the victim up or judging her. This is why millions of minor girls are being tormented and still remain silent. Because that is what they have been asked to do. by parents, relatives, society at large. And even idols they look up to.
Not everyone is in a position to be heard. Not everyone can make a difference and sadly the ones that can, don’t seem to care at all.
Don’t even get me started on Mr Bachchan. When was the last time he stood up for anything? Or any one? Unless, it is to promote a film like Pink, when he penned an open letter to his granddaughters Navya Naveli Nanda and Aaradhya Bachchan. “Because you are women people will force their thinking, their boundaries on you. They will tell you how to dress, how to behave, who you can meet and where you can go. Don’t live in the shadows of people’s judgement. Make your own choices in the light of your own wisdom. Don’t let anyone make you believe that the length of your skirt is a measure of your character,” Bachchan wrote. What about Tanushree Dutta, Mr Bachchan? No kind words for her? Because neither is she a Bachchan nor is your name Tanushree or Nana! Right!
Thugs of Hindostan indeed! Or rather real losers of Hindostan. That’s what these stars are.