In the wake of the gang rape of a 20-year-old woman at the behest of a kangaroo court in West Bengal’s Birbhum district, the acclaimed Bollywood lyricist on Saturday expressed dismay in political parties
At the Kolkata literary meet Javed Akhtar said, “Political parties do not have the will or courage to condemn or speak against it (acts of violence) because of vote banks. It (violence against women) is happening all over India.”
Akhtar was attending the session ‘As if Women Matter‘ at the meet where American activist Gloria Steinem was one of the panelists. The deliberation veered towards feminism and women’s movement across the world.
After the discussion, he commented that the issue was more of men’s liberation from a psyche of insecurity and release from an inferiority complex of being imperfect. “As society gets educated, men will be liberated…it’s more about men’s liberation.”