Sunday December 8, 2019

Tanushree Dutta Considers ‘MeToo Movement’ Far Bigger Than Herself

She is sure the "MeToo Movement" will go on in India regardless of her presence

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'MeToo Movement' is far bigger than me: Tanushree Dutta.

Actress Tanushree Dutta is rightly regarded as the founding-mother of the “MeToo Movement” in India. When she spoke on her experience of being harassed 10 years ago, she opened up the floodgates for numerous other women from every walk of life to come forward with their stories.

But now, Tanushree Dutta is done. She is all set to return to the US, and refuses to take credit for starting the “MeToo Movement” in India.

“The media is just making a heroine out of an ordinary person’s organic journey. I was not the doer but just a conduit and a vessel through which some change or awareness had to come about in society,” she said.

Not that she is distancing herself completely from the movement. “In a way, I needed retribution too from the incident that pushed me back several years in my professional life.”

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Tanushree Dutta And Nana Patekar. DNA

But now it’s time for her to return to routine life in the US.

“I live there now. I was anyways supposed to go back eventually. This became a very long holiday by default and I’ll be back again. But I’m going to miss it though, my family and everything else here,” Tanushree said.

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She is sure the “MeToo Movement” will go on in India regardless of her presence.

“Nothing should be dependent on me because when things are dependent on the initiative by a single individual, they get bound and don’t flourish freely in its own time,” the actress said. (IANS)

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India Turning into a Rape Epidemic-afflicted Country: Tanushree Dutta

India becoming rape epidemic-afflicted nation: Tanushree

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'MeToo Movement' is far bigger than me: Tanushree Dutta.

Tanushree Dutta feels India is turning into a rape epidemic-afflicted country.

“Our great nation India has been slowly and steadily turning into a Rape epidemic afflicted country! The Unnao rape case and the unfoldment of it a horrific reminder of the state of affairs,” the actress said in a statement she issued reacting on the Unnao rape case on Monday.

Taking a dig at the judgemental tendency of people, her statement further reads: “A large portion of news coming out of India is about women and children getting raped, gang-raped, killed by mass female infanticide, burnt for dowry or killed after rape in a brutal gory fashion, or lately goats and dogs getting raped even etc etc.. Like seriously who in their right mind still feels high and mighty about our so-called “sanskaari” culture blah blah blah.. that we tell ourselves to judge the rest of the world that wears shorts and bikinis? There are places in the world where women literally lie down nude on beaches and no rapes or eve-teasing even happens. How are you the “sanskaari” lot then may I ask where women, regardless of whether fully covered or not are attacked rampantly?”

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Bollywood actress Tanushree Datta presents a creation by designer Sanjeet Anand at the Bangalore Fashion Week in Bangalore, India. VOA

Urging that the people of India need to have a change in their mentality, the actress added: “The problem then is not the cover but your mentality. Open your eyes and understand the darkness that is drowning this Nation Its ironic that for a population that by and large has got its nose pretty high up in the air about it’s so-called value system; Rapes are an epidemic across urban as well as rural India. Time to perhaps reassess your values? Or maybe tweak them a bit to accommodate compassion?”

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“Rape, depression, drugs and suicide are killing the youth!! Why this rampant decline in human happiness quotient? Have we placed moral, religious and societal values above human values? Then this is the logical end result. Anarchy, pain, suffering and horror! Turn back now people into a state of innocence that you were like as children or a time will come when this darkness will consume everybody in one way or another. There is a need to renew the mind and thought-process of 1.6 billion people. Internal transformation is urgently needed,” she concluded. (IANS)