Sushmita Sen’s Response To Being Molested By A 15-Year-Old Is A Must-Read
You’d think that film actresses, surrounded by body guards and restrictive velvet ropes would be safe from groping hands. That maybe they have it a little better than the girl on the streets. Turns out, this is isn’t true. Recently, Sushmita Sen talked about being taken aback when she was touched inappropriately. She was talking about the issue of safety of women in the country.
The actress narrated an incident that happened about 6 months ago at an event. She said, ‘I was at an awards function, you were there as well. A 15-year-old… 15! And because there were so many men, he thought I wouldn’t figure out who it was. That’s why I tell you, learn something regarding self-defence, it makes you very alert.
“So I grabbed his hand, and I was so shocked when I pulled him up, that he was a little boy. 15 years old. Typically for a misbehaviour like that I could’ve taken lots of other actions. But because it was a 15-year-old boy, I grabbed him by his neck, as if I was saying hello to him, I took him for a walk in front of the crowd and told him, ‘If I make a hue and cry about this, your life will be over bachcha.’ (He said) ‘I didn’t do’, I told him, ‘You did it, acknowledge it.’ (He said) ‘I’m sorry.’ ‘Do you know your life would be over.’ (He said) ‘I promise it will never happen.’ ‘No, if it does, I’ve seen your face, now get out of here.’’
She added, “That’s the difference, I recognised in a 15-year-old boy that he’s not been taught that this kind of (behaviour) is not entertainment. It’s a very big mistake. It can cost you the rest of your life.”
The actress has always been a pioneer in breaking stereotypes. She was one of the first women in the industry to adopt a girl child, and she did this without being married. This raised a lot of eyebrows at the time, but also made Sushmita an example of a true feminist.
We are impressed that she’s acknowledged the situation of women in the country and is talking about it.