Pitiable for woman to catch culprit but unable to take action: Amitabh Bachchan

  • IANS, Kolkata
  • Updated: Sep 22, 2016 10:48 IST
Amitabh Bachchan visited Kolkata for a press conference for Pink in Kolkata. (Samir Jana/HT PHOTO)

Expressing anguish that women are often embarrassed to speak up against incidents of violence, megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Wednesday said it is a “pitiable” condition for a woman to have caught the culprit and not be able to stand up against it.

The Pink star lauded actress Tapsee Pannu, who features in a pivotal role in the courtroom drama on crimes against women, for sharing with the public that she has been a victim of eve-teasing and her experience of being touched at the “wrong places” while in a crowded area or while travelling in a local bus.“One day somebody tried to feel her and she actually caught his hand but she did not have the courage to turn around and see who he was. It is a pitiable condition for a woman to have caught the culprit and not be able to take a stand against it.”

“When are we going to do that? I think Pink is one film that is asking us to stand up and face these issues. I laud the fact that she has shared this with us,” Bachchan said.

Acknowledging that violence against women is not restricted just to India. “We are not the only country that is facing this,” he said, recounting how a Swedish girl, who watched Pink wanted to take the film to her country.

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“The law is changing now. We had one of the ministers over in Delhi to see the film and he said ‘thank you because I am going to bring this aspect and make it a law that a woman has the right at any time of the day, night, whenever, that if she has a complain she should be accepted, acknowledged at that moment that it happens’.”

Dubbing the stabbing of a 21-year-old woman teacher in New Delhi as a “horrible” incident, megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Wednesday emphasised that society has to change. I have seen that video... It’s a bad incident. Society has to change. We have to keep trying. Everybody just says that ‘this is not my job and I am not interested in it. A lot of people are afraid to help somebody because they feel they will be victimised in the police station. They don’t want to get involved,” Bachchan said here at a promotional event for Pink.

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The woman named Karuna, of Burari area in north Delhi, was a teacher at Novel Reaches School. She was on Tuesday morning fatally stabbed as many as 22 times by her “jilted” lover.

However, Amitabh noted that society is “slowly” transforming and the laws are changing as well. “But all these things are changing. The law is changing. I think people, when the moment they see some disaster, they are not liable to be questioned, if they bring that person either to the hospital or the police station. When something happens on the road, most of the time people just drive past because they feel scared. But now there is a lot of understanding and laws are also changing,” he added.

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