After Sonam Kapoor and Vidya Balan, actress Swara Bhaskar in a recent interview opened up about being a victim of indecent behaviour.
While talking to a leading daily, she spoke at length about the unfortunate incident which happened at a airport during Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and how she bravely handled the situation when she was once stranded with a pervert in a local train.
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I Was Groped At The Airport During Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
"I have been groped during Prem Ratan Dhan Payo when we landed at Rajkot. I was travelling with Salman Sir and nobody realised, but there were around 2,000 people at the airport to see him."
Anupam Kher Came To Her Rescue
Swara added, "Despite the fact there was security, people got in and it was Anupam Kher who made sure I got into the car. It was crazy."
I Once Slapped A Guy For Pinching Me
"The first time, I slapped a guy for pinching me in Old Delhi. There used to be a Sunday book bazaar there, so I caught hold of the guy. These people don't expect women to react which is why it's all the more important for women to react."
I Have Beaten Someone With My Umbrella In Mumbai
Narrating yet another incident, Swara says, "I was in a train alone - this was my first year in Mumbai - going somewhere to collect a cheque. I was in the first-class compartment and it was in the late afternoon so it was empty.
A drug addict got in and when I turned around, I see this man masturbating. For one second, I was scared. It took me a second to realise what was going on, I started yelling at him, and beating him with the umbrella. I tried to catch hold of his collar because I knew the moment the train stops, he will run.
I knew I can get him to the police if I hold him back. But the moment the train slowed down, he realised I was holding him to get him to the police, and he jumped off from the other end of the compartment."
I Felt Ashamed The First Time I Kissed A Guy
Swara even spoke about victim-shaming and shared her personal experience. She was quoted saying, "Frankly, Indian women inherit this collective cultural unconscious - this sense of guilt, shame and dishonour. What do we teach our girl child today?
We teach them to be guilty of their own desires, if they shop for themselves it's wrong. But spend on your husband, your kids, be obedient and think about everybody else's good except yours.
I remember for the longest time, especially when I was growing up, the first time I kissed a guy, I felt ashamed. I felt I did something very wrong and imagine, I was 18 years old then. It wasn't that I was too young as well.
I think Indian girls need to become shameless and a little selfish too. It's not about individuals, it's about girls in general. We need to lose that burden of guilt and that ‘haww' feeling. That is the stupidest feeling ever."
Well, we must say that the 'Anaarkali Of Aaraah' actress does make a legit point! What's your take, folks?