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Kangana Ranaut supports ‘molested’ teen actor: It’s highly offensive, I would have broken his leg

Kangana Ranaut has come to the support of the teen actor who has accused a man of molesting her on a flight.

bollywood Updated: Dec 14, 2017 12:10 IST
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Kangana Ranaut has called the actor brave for speaking up.
Kangana Ranaut has called the actor brave for speaking up.(AFP)

Actor Kangana Ranaut has come to the support of a teenage Bollywood actor who recently accused a co-passenger on a flight of molesting her. Kangana has applauded her bravery but also called it a frightening situation with people judging her for not taking a firmer stance against the perpetrator.

The 17-year-old had made an Instagram ‘stories’ video after the flight from Delhi landed in Mumbai on Monday. She accused a man sitting behind her of putting his foot on her armrest and touching her back and neck with his feet while she was half asleep.

She said she raised and alarm and confronted him about it on the flight, after which he apologised. He was later arrested by the police but his wife defended him saying he was tired after attending his uncle’s funeral and had put his feet up on the armrest while asleep. She accused the actor of having made the allegations for publicity.

Since the actor made the accusations, several of her co-stars in Bollywood and her fans have supported her stance. There are also some who are calling it a publicity stunt and asking why she didn’t speak up on the flight itself.

According to a report in The Indian Express, Kangana, however, unequivocally stood by the teen when asked to comment on the incident during a press event on Wednesday. The actor was at the launch event of Shobaa De’s latest book, 70 And To Hell With It, when she was asked by journalist Barkha Dutt to comment on the controversy. “I want to bring to your notice this young girl, who has spoken about this harassment that she faced in a flight. But look at the backlash she is getting. It is so upsetting. I mean there are witnesses, who are claiming that the innocent man just happened to put his foot on the armrest and that’s the only crime that the person committed. If anyone is going to put foot on my armrest, it’s open to interpretation, that if this is emotional or sexual harassment or personal because you are in my intimate space and I will interpret it. Your fellow passengers can’t tell me that his innocent leg was resting,” she said.

Kangana Ranaut poses for a photograph during the book launch. (AFP)

“A young girl decides to step up and say that she has been harassed, there are so many things like your own parents, people who wish you well and your management companies, they tend to tell you, ‘Don’t associate yourself with something dark. You are the girl, who wants this brand, that brand, who wants this and that film.’ For that young girl to go against all of that and speak up. Now, I am not in that position so I don’t know what kind of harassment it was. But everyone agrees on one thing that the foot was on her armrest. This is wrong. It is very wrong. Why are we judging and trolling her? In this kind of environment, which is so frightening, who will speak up?,” she added.

She also revealed what she would have done had she been in her place. “Most people saying that he was just keeping his foot on the armrest, taking an innocent nap. For me, it is highly offensive. I would have broken his leg. So, I think it is arguable. I am not dissecting or jumping to the conclusion and no one should play judge whether it is me or media or social media,” she said.

Kangana will be seen next in Manikarnika, in which she will play Rani of Jhansi, Laxmibai.

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