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Sep 28, 2018 at 16:20

The Hate Tanushree Is Facing For Speaking Up Is Why Women Don’t Report Incidents of Sexual Abuse

by Aishwarya Dharni

Recently, actor and former Miss India Tanushree Dutta revealed that she was sexually harassed by Nana Patekar on the sets of a film 10 years ago. 

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Soon after, she alleged that director Vivek Agnihotri also harassed her on while shooting for his film, Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets in 2005. She also claimed that if it wasn't for Irffan Khan and Suniel Shetty standing up for her, she wouldn't have continued her acting career.

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But as if these incidents weren't traumatic enough, Tanushree became the target of a lot of backlash from people, asking why she took so long to reveal this. 

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Some even went as far as claiming it to be a political stunt which doesn't make any sense at all.

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This sadly paints a familiar picture when victim-blaming and shaming is the natural order when an incident like this takes place.

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The timeline of the abuse does not matter or holds any substance in this case. What matters is that it happened.

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But the only thing catching people's attention about this whole scenario is that it happened over a decade ago. That doesn't make it any less traumatic.

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Blaming the victim, harassing her, questioning the authenticity of the incident, slut-shaming her, the insensitivity of law officials towards such things are just some of the reasons why women don't come forward.

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While this case is close to home, globally too, high-profile cases of sexual abuse in the past have emerged and recently women on social media have come out in response to the 'why didn't she report?' allegations that flood after a case comes out in the open.

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And even if a woman tries to report it, the police shows no sense of efficiency. It's not just hearsay. This incident of a woman in Delhi who tried to report her abuser was put through so much trauma by the police.

In a Facebook post, she wrote about what went down and how the law officials couldn't be less bothered about her state. The way she was made to wait for hours before the police actually did something about her complaint is just inhumane.

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No woman should have to go through this level of trauma. It shouldn't take more than common sense to know that sexual abuse is wrong. Because if that doesn't happen, women will continue to not report it and it will remain an endless cycle of abuse.

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