BJP MP Poonam Mahajan reveals how she faced sexual harassment on Mumbai locals

BJP MP from Mumbai North, Poonam Mahajan was speaking at The Red Brick Summit at IIM Ahmedabad on Sunday

BJP MP Poonam Mahajan has said that every Indian woman, including herself, has faced sexual harassment at some stage of their lives adding that swift action rather than self-pity should be the response to such experiences.

Speaking at an event in IIM Ahmedabad on Sunday, the daughter of late BJP veteran Pramod Mahajan said, “I used to take a train to my classes in Versova from Worli. I could not afford to travel by car at the time. But I did not feel self-pity that someone was looking at me in a disagreeable way. Every woman on this planet, especially in India, has faced that.”

“Every Indian woman has had remarks passed about her or has been touched inappropriately.” said Mahajan speaking on the theme ‘Breaking the Glass-Ceiling’.

Underlining the status of women in Indian mythology, she said,” We connect goddesses to every aspect of life. In some respects, we are ahead of America.”

“They do not have a woman president. But in India, women have assumed the role of President, Prime Minister, defence minister, and chief ministers. These leaders have broken the glass ceiling. It is up to us to continue that tradition. It is up to us not to harbour self-pity. If someone harasses you, slap him and don’t think why he did that.” she added.

Mahajan, the president of the Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha, also stressed that unlike men women cannot afford mediocrity in politics as it does not suit them. “We need strength and we have shown that,” said Mahajan.

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