Former Miss World and actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is happy with India having its own #MeToo movement and the actor said more support and strength should be given to the women who are sharing their experiences of sexual harassment.
The former beauty queen was upfront in her stance on the issue stating firmly : “I have always spoken out, I spoke in the past, I am speaking now, and I will continue to speak.”
“The #MeToo movement has gained momentum in present times. The world has got smaller with social media, one voice is becoming larger. What is nice to see in present time is that the members of the media are becoming allied and propelling voices that needs to be heard and giving them the platform. The law of the land will take over for justice to be served.
“It wouldn’t be right to specifically comment on individual cases as matters would be sub judice and that would not be responsible on our part but having said that, God bless and strength to the voices that need that kind of support and you all need to be there,” Aishwarya said recently.
She was speaking at an event for L’oreal where she added that there was no right or wrong time to call out predators or share an incident. She said, “When it comes to helping women find their voice, find the strength, feel confident about sharing their stories, it’s not about the current time. This has been going on since a lot of time and I am glad it has found a certain momentum today.”
It may be recalled that The #MeToo movement gained momentum in the country in the light of Tanushree Dutta’s allegations of harassment against Nana Patekar. Many from the entertainment industry, including Alok Nath, Rajat Kapoor, Vikas Bahl and comedy group AIB, have been called out for various incidents of sexual misconduct and harassment.