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Aamir Khan blames patriarchal mindset for gender inequality

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, who has been at the forefront of a debate on gender equality has blamed the "patriarchal mindset" of people for the lesser status of women in society.

entertainment Updated: Feb 20, 2013 11:02 IST

Aamir Khan, who interacted with students at a girl's college with visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron in the national capital, said most of the queries from the young women were related to the low status of women in society and how they can best use their education.

"The patriarchal thinking is to blame for the status of women in society. We are all born with it. The feeling that men are superior," he told reporters. Aamir Khan met up with the 'Man of the Moment'- British P.M. David Cameron in Delhi. Aamir and David Cameron interacted with students of Janki Devi Memorial College in New Delhi.

"We have to deal with the problem in a mature manner. We have to stop first the girl child being killed, then we have to bring her at par with facilities there for the male child," he said. Asked whether he saw movies as a medium to create awareness on the gender issue, he said: "Dealing with patriarchy is not easy. It is a gradual process. You have to win people over through whatever medium you can like -- movies, culture and art".

Aamir Khan, who interacted with the students for nearly 30 minutes with Cameron, said the girls had questions on how to get jobs inside and outside the country. http://images.bollywoodhungama.com/img/feature/13/feb/aamirkhan.jpg

On corruption, he said there was a need to eliminate corruption from amongst ourselves since the society has corruption at all levels. "Only then we can stop corrupt leaders from being elected," he said.

Apparently, the actor's team and Cameron's office had been working out the schedule since a couple of months and the British P.M. expressed a desire to meet Aamir owing to his growing popularity in the U.K. after he featured on the cover of TIME magazine. Cameron has also been impressed with Aamir's social work through his TV show Satyamev Jayate.

The actor arrived in Delhi from Rajasthan where he was shooting for Raju Hirani's P.K.

(With inputs from IANS)