Katrina Kaif lets her work do the talking. But perhaps for the first time, she has vented it out. According to PTI, Katrina feels that women should speak up on marital rape and tortures inflicted on them. A candid Katrina was a guest at the ‘WeUnite’ conference. marking UN Women’s partnership with IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
“I know of educated women, who remain silent in the face of violence, because they are afraid to confront societal norms and have fingers pointed in their direction. Especially when the majority of our society fails to recognise martial rape as a crime,” Katrina pointed out.
“I would urge more women to speak up. It is not okay to feel inferior or weak, because we are not the weaker sex by any stretch of imagination,” she was quoted. And she added, “The world has largely been led by patriarchal societies and women have, through the years, largely remained quiet in the face of atrocities rather than speak out against them.”
The actress is frustrated at the fact that there is so much of gender equality in India which had been helmed by a women. Perhaps she was referring to Indira Gandhi and Pratibha Patil who served as Prime Minister and President respectively. “India had a woman as the head of state, way before the United Kingdom, a feat the United States of America has not managed to achieve as of yet. Which is why it is surprising to hear about gender inequality in India. And sadly we do,” she said.
And women face the wrath as the actress said, “On a daily basis there are shocking stories about the violent crimes made against women. Yet, I can only imagine how many other crimes against women in India go unreported,” the actress added.
The mess is not just confined to India as statistics reveal. “In India according to the data provided by the national crime records bureau, in 2001 the reported crimes against women were 1,43,795. In 2005, it were 3,27,394 more than a 100 percent in numbers. However I would like to believe that this increase in numbers is not an increase in crime against women. It is in increase in number of women who are ready to come forward and reporting them,” a well-researched Katrina said.
(With inputs from PTI)