Stalking, harassment, rape and acid attacks are some crimes that the country is dealing with today. And sadly, a majority of the women have gone through such heinous crimes. Talking at an event organised by NGO Save the Children, Dia Mirza opened about confronting her stalker in her younger days.
“When I was younger, back home in Hyderabad even I faced a stalker. I confronted him and asked him his name. That moment, the boy didn’t have an answer,” reported News18.
Dia, who is also the Artist Ambassador for the NGO added, “One should never ignore or be afraid of reporting or calling out a harasser. There is no shame in doing so. It empowers us with the ability to address the problem and more often than not data indicates that it makes a big difference. The harassment does stop,” she said to NDTV. The 38-year-old actress further said that safety is not just an issue of law and order.
“It is much more, with its long and firm roots in the mind-sets and the play of patriarchy. The manifestations of violence can take as horrific a turn as rape.”
“It renders me speechless to hear how young children also fall prey to most heinous of violence and violations.”
Dia also posted about the event on her Instagram account. She captioned her picture, “No human rights issue can be solved without addressing gender justice and equality. If half of the population is hugely disadvantaged one way or another, how will India ever be a superpower? This is not just a ‘WOMAN’S Problem, this is a SOCIAL problem, it’s an unfolding tragedy and an everlasting nightmare.”
She stated that 1 out of 3 women feel the fear of sexual violence and harassment in public spaces. Hence, “all public spaces should have proper functional lighting. A review of existing facilities must be undertaken to identify the dark spots,” she suggested. “No sustainable development goal can be achieved if our women and children and not safe,” Dia added.
The ‘Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein’ actress has been voicing her opinions time and again on matters of public interest. On the work front, the ‘Fight Club’ actor will be next seen in Anubhav Sinha’s Thappad.