Harvey Weinstein Found Guilty of Rape: Bollywood Reacts
Taapsee Pannu, Swara Bhaskar, Tanushree Dutta and others react to the conviction of Harvey Weinstein in cases of sexual assault
It was a big day for the #metoo movement in the world when Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer whose exposure two year ago, triggered the entire controversy was found guilty by court. The Weinstein scandal gave rise to the #metoo revolution in India too, started first by the disclosures of Tanushree Dutta who accused Nana Patekar of harassing her. Then there were a string of accusations by women who came forward to narrate their own experience of sexual harassment and intimidation by men in positions of power in the cinema, journalism and the corporate world. Unfortunately, in India not much headway has been made in these cases and most of the accusations have just petered out and the men, have started working in their earlier positions again. However, the conviction of Weinstein gives hope to our actresses too and here are some of the reactions.
Tapsee Pannu: Finally!Better late than never. I hope it’s a beginning of many others who are held accountable. As for the MeToo offenders in Bollywood, I am the wrong person to answer that. Only the ones in authority can. But I can only hope and wish it happens asap.”
Swara Bhaskar: “I’d say it’s a victory for the victims and kudos to the judicial system that did a thorough investigation and brought Weinstein to justice. The stories of so many victims who are often questioned and shamed stand vindicated. Also kudos to the journalists who meticulously verified the accounts and built a strong verified story before publishing it.”
Tanushree Dutta: “Great move on part of the United States judiciary to bring a notorious perpetrator to justice in a landmark verdict. It just proves that when it comes to law and order and safety of women India needs to catch up with the US on speedy justice. While the Nirbhaya case of 2012 still awaits justice from her grave, Harvey Weinstein has got his comeuppance in the most powerful way. I applaud the US department of justice for this victory against sexual misconduct. A new era is dawning where karma will come and bite you sooner than expected. Heaven and hell are right here on earth!! Choose your actions wisely, folks.”
Celina Jaitley: “Chalo, at least one devil got his due, in India #MeToo seems to have been long forgotten.”