Vidya Balan, who joined thousands of women across the globe embracing the the hashtag #metoo expressed that she herself has been a victim of sexual assault. In a recent statement while recalling one such incident Vidya Balan said that, “Once an Army official came in front of her while I was standing at a station and he was staring at my breasts continuously which made her feel very uncomfortable.”
This statement from Vidya Balan became viral on social media and now an Army officer named Rahul Sangwan’s video has come to circulation wherein he has responded to Vidya Balan’s statement in a poetic manner. The Army Jawan gave an argument that rather than tarnishing the entire defense forces, the actor could have chosen to ignore the man who stared at her.
By joining hashtag #metoo, women shared stories of complicity by institutions, conspiracy of silence in families, of unequal power equations at work spaces, threats to their employment, life and liberty, apart from the patriarchal tool of shame being held over their heads to strangle their voices in a society that already sees sexual harassment more as a result of female provocation and less as male aggression.