No one has the right to hurt, hit you: Kriti Sanon on domestic violence
In the wake of rising domestic violence cases during the lockdown, the actor says she realises that women are ‘scared to take a big step’ but adds that things ‘need to change’Updated: May 22, 2020 23:12 IST
For many, the ongoing lockdown has been about indulging in culinary skills, watching great content on OTT platforms and spending quality time with family. But the nationwide shutdown has, unfortunately, shown its ugly side as well – a sharp spike in domestic violence cases across several states in India, as per a recent data. Actor Kriti Sanon, who – a few days back – came out with a poem on domestic violence finds it “extremely heartbreaking.”
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“I had read some articles online, and was astonished to know that domestic violence cases have gone up by 35-40 per cent during the lockdown. Apparently, Punjab alone has about 700 cases,” says the actor, adding: “No one has the right to hit or hurt you. Be it emotional and especially physical abuse, why should any woman put up with it? It needs to change.”
The Dilwale actor feels women must be “brave” about such a despicable thing. “I understand that women are scared to take a big step but they need to be brave because just one right step can change your life for good. If my talking about it can encourage even one person, who’s stuck in such a horrible situation, it will be worth it,” she says.
Kriti, who had posted a video and a poem titled Abused [that she wrote when she was in standard 11] highlighting the domestic violence, says it “needs to be spoken about much more.” The Luka Chuppi actor recalls how her then house-help [in Delhi] would cry in front of her mother since her husband beat her. So, she wrote a poem “imagining what the house-help must be feeling.
“My mum tried to help her and also advised her on certain things. But she felt helpless saying, ‘I can’t do that.’ I feel today, if I were to go back in time, I would probably change the ending of the poem,” says Kriti.
Salma Hayek fights domestic violence scourge globally!
Hollywood star Salma Hayek launched a campaign on Wednesday to combat violence against women during the coronavirus lockdown. She has urged her millions of social media followers to “stand in solidarity with women.” The #StandWithWomen campaign will help fund organizations fighting domestic violence around the world. “We retreat into our homes to protect ourselves from the threat of COVID-19, but what if our home was a threat itself?” said Hayek.