Aamir Khan has finally spoken up about sexual harassment and women's issues. The actor said that he believes that the issues like sexual harassment are directly linked to patriarchy. “I think sexual harassment is a very sad thing to happen to anyone, irrespective of what your sex is. Sexual harassment is just not on. I understand that people are free to be romantically involved with whoever they want. But you cannot pressure a person into being with you physically. It happens not only in films but in all walks of life and is very unfortunate,” Aamir said. He is currently shooting for Thugs of Hindostan in Thailand, said in an interview to a website.
Aamir said sexual harassment should not be looked into isolation as it is connected to larger issues of how gender roles have been defined in society. “It is connected to the larger issue. Not only in India but all over the world, (it is) this thinking of patriarchy that men are stronger or are more important that leads to various kind of things. Sexual harassment is one of them. Creative people do have a role to play in showcasing men and women in a manner that influences people in the right way. I do believe we have some sort of responsibility in that,” he said.
Women’s issues, he said, span a big canvas. “When we look at women’s issues, it is not just about female foeticide and domestic violence, which are huge issues. But even in day-to-day life, women sometimes find that they are not in the possession of their own decisions. She may still be with a man who wants to control her and that is equally disturbing. It is really about the fundamental independence of a person, irrespective of your sex.”