We so can't believe that Malayalam actress Mamta Mohandas just held women responsible for the alarming rise in the rape/sexual abuse in India. I mean, at a time when we as a society need to collectively come together and put an end to this, the least she could do is join the bandwagon against the unjust or simply keep her mouth shut. But despite being a woman, Manta decided to accuse the women instead for 'entertaining' men to assault/abuse them sexually.
Mamta said this in response to why she isn't a part of The Women in Cinema Collective which is basically an association comprising of Mollywood’s women artistes and technicians who are fearlessly being the voice to call out sexism, patriarchy and fighting for the rights of each other. They have also sparked a debate about why it was necessary to have such an organisation. However, Mamta feels there's no need of an organisation as such. “About not being part of WCC, I don’t think it requires a body like the WCC to voice what we stand for. I don’t understand the need for a body comprising just women. I function a little differently. I think a little differently. I think any mess that someone is in is created by themselves. However, I wasn’t here when these incidents were happening." Up till here it was okay and it's totally upon her to decide if she wants to be a part of a movement or no. But the worse was only when she said....
"I don’t know if I should be saying this, but if a woman gets into trouble, I feel somewhere she is responsible for it. Because if I have gotten into any sort of trouble where I have felt that someone has spoken to me with disrespect or in this situation, a sexual assault or a sexual abuse or anything indicative towards that manner, I feel I would have entertained some part of it. This is what I feel and that doesn’t mean that I am pointing fingers because I don’t think it should happen to anybody,”
And we call ourselves progressive. Nothing is going to work in our favour until we demand a change and stop holding the women responsible for everything that's wrong with the society. Period.
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