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Kajol Says Talk About Rape Will Help Change Mindsets

Rape is indeed one of the biggest issues India faces today, and in the light of recent protests and debate, the country is surely on a path to curb the menace. Bollywood actress Kajol too feels the same and recently in an interview with IANS the actress praised the fact that patriarchal Indian society is at last opening up to address the issue.

“It’s (rape) been happening from time immemorial but we are talking about it today and only now we have cases being reported. That’s the good thing,” said the Kuch Kuch Hota Hai actress.

“I think there is a lot of being reported right now. There is a lot of talking and chatter about it right now. This chatter is good because I am hoping it will change the mindset of the entire country and society,” she continued.

The 45-year old also spoke of how parents of victims chose to remain silent for the fear of reputation however with changing times, parents are also accepting the fact that “shame does not lie with the victim, it lies with the perpetrator”.

“It’s strange that parents earlier were hesitant to even bring such incidents out in the public, thinking about their daughter’s future and the family’s reputation. At least, now we have started talking about it,” Kajol said.

The Fanaa actress said that the current talk over the issue shows that somewhere down the lane, India will be able to curb the menace and find solutions.

“We are shining a big, strong spotlight on it and, hopefully, that will burn away some of the debate around it, some of the hard angles around it. Somewhere down the line, it will also burn our ideas of what it means to be a woman and what it means to be a man,” she stated.

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