Being a woman is not easy. Living your life on your own terms or even just existing will be met with resistance. Every woman in the world has been molested/abused in her life. It is not easy to report it because the society will lay the blame on you, the victim and never the perpetrator.
It takes courage to come out and speak about your abuse when you know the world will only question you and your integrity.
Zaira Wasim, the 17-year-old Dangal star recently alleged on Instagram that she was molested on a flight from Delhi to Mumbai.
A journalist, Jagriti Shukla took this incident to another level by shaming Zaira and calling it a ‘cheap publicity stunt’.
Nowhere has #ZairaWasim stated that she did complain to Cabin Crew about the unruly passenger & that they ignored her. Her manager is peddling lies.Instead of Complaining, Confronting & Changing her seat, she’s going Live on @instagram.Priorities?Just a Cheap Publicity Stunt.— Jagrati Shukla (@JagratiShukla29) December 10, 2017
Airline did admit in its statement that they heard her screaming as the aircraft was descending. So, she complained. That a police case wasn’t filed immediately after landing and accused collected his luggage and went home, clearly points that no action was taken by the airline.— Soumyadipta (@Soumyadipta) December 10, 2017
Many actors and public figures have slammed the journalist and came forward in support of the young actor.
Actor Swara Bhaskar tweeted to shut the journalist who tried to victim shame Zaira.
We can always rely on Sanghi media to find a way to support and justify wrong in even seemingly the most simple of ethical cases. Shame on you @JagratiShukla29 #MolestationDefender #Vomit https://t.co/wZhSkmQcnP— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) December 10, 2017
Swara called the journalist ‘molestation defender’ and also slammed her for calling Zaira Wasim ‘anti-national’
Last line being a fantastic example of how this #MolestationDefender @JagratiShukla29 is trying to delegitimise a young girl- yes CHILD’s trauma by suggesting she is ‘anti national’ Congratulations Jagrati.. Didn’t think u could sink any lower but u showed us!! 👏🏾👏🏾👎🏾👎🏾 https://t.co/8ek2MdKZaU— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) December 10, 2017
Not just Swara Bhaskar, many others came out to support Zaira and shut the journalist for her insensitive remarks.
Who are we?IndiansWhat do we want?Women safetyHow do we get it?By blaming and shaming the victim#ZairaWasim— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) December 10, 2017
Jagrati Shukla is scum. https://t.co/DDqgCDclYz— Mallika Dua (@MallikaDua) December 10, 2017
It’s because of people like you that women who suffer through this hell don’t speak up !! Your tweet is in very bad taste. Bad.— Harneet Singh (@Harneetsin) December 10, 2017
Exactly ma’am! How can someone be so senseless and ridiculous. And then they’ll talk about women empowerment but never work on it. #shameful— Sristy kala (@SristyKala) December 10, 2017
Is victim shaming the best we can do? While the incident is being probed, the way a minor has already been scrutinised for reporting abuse is indeed saddening.