The incidents of crime against women are quite common these days. Despite several laws being passed and campaigns carried out to promote self-defense, such incidents keep on happening. Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor recently revealed a similar ordeal she underwent as a 13-year-old in Mumbai’s movie theatre.
The Neerja actor was a part of The Actress Roundtable also comprising Vidya Balan, Anushka Sharma, Radhika Apte and Alia Bhatt. The event was hosted by renowned film critic Rajeev Masand. It was during the discussion that the issue of sexual harassment came to the fore.
I remember the incident so clearly. I went to watch a film with my friends in a theatre. We were 13-14 year olds. we were going to the stalls to get samosas. We were a gang of girls and used to hold each other’s shoulders while walking. A man came from behind and groped me. I started shaking and shivering, not knowing what was going on. I started crying right there and did not speak about it.
Meanwhile, Anushka Sharma, who hails from an army background recalled how while growing up she used to hear about cases of friends being molested. The Sultan actor who played a feisty wrestler in the Salman Khan-starrer also mentioned being asked by her mother whether she was touched inappropriately at some point of time.
Adding further, Anushka lamented that topics related to girls and their sexuality are not talked about in India due to them being considered taboo.