The current situation in India has raised concerns all over the world. With the anti-CAA protests held across the country, the media and people are keeping a close eye on Bollywood celebrities. Many of them have supported the cause and expressed their solidarity with the protesters. However, some are yet to speak.
In the wake of the civil unrest in the country, Kajol highlighted the issue of ongoing rape cases. Reports of brutal rape and murder of young women in several parts of India have flooded the media. Kajol shed light upon the importance of these reports, because it mostly never happened before. According to her, it’s a good thing that people are talking about it.
“I think there is a lot being reported right now. There are a lot of talking and chatter about it right now. This chatter is good because I am hoping it will change the mindset of the entire country and society.”
Kajol also pointed out the rape statistics of the region but that since it is a taboo, people did not bring the issue to light.
“It’s not new. It’s been happening from time immemorial but we are talking about it today and only now we have cases being reported. It’s good that people are talking about it. Conversations and debates are happening and, yes, this mindset is being brought to light. Our society has been patriarchal for ages, so we have only recently started talking about it openly.”
The actress also shared that this change can also shape the idea of the society.
“We are shining a big, strong spotlight on it and, hopefully, that will burn away some of the debate around it, some of the hard angles around it. Somewhere down the line (it will) burn our ideas also, of what it means to be a woman and what it means to be a man.”
Kajol stressed on the general response from the parents of the victims. In a way, she feels relieved that finally parents are accepting their daughters and are helping them in their emotional and physical struggles.
“It’s strange that parents earlier were hesitant to even bring such incidents out in the public, thinking about their daughter’s future and the family’s reputation. At least, now we have started talking about it. We have realized now that the shame does not lie with the victim, it lies with the perpetrator,” she concluded.