Rajat Kapoor, a veteran actor, and film-maker has presented an apology after being accused of sexual misconduct by three women on three different accounts.
Proletariats in Bollywood have been speaking out about sexual misconduct since Tanushree Dutta came out about her incident with Nana Patekar; a lot of similar cases of sexual misconduct have been coming out with AIB-famed comedian Utsav Chakraborty, Kailash Kher and many more being accused on various counts of harassment.
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Misconduct of sexual nature is a problem in all industries, not just Bollywood. It’s just that people are more interested in a social issue if it revolves around Bollywood because, in India, Bollywood is life.
Such issues, in “all” industries and general places, should come out and be judged in a court of law and if a person is found guilty, they should be punished accordingly and the victim rather than becoming a “topic of conversation” while sipping tea; the survivors should be provided the support that they need, emotional or otherwise.
It doesn’t take a lot of intelligence or a lifetime of education to understand what can be considered as sexual misconduct, it is a value or rather an understanding that if someone doesn’t want to be sexually involved, that alone should be enough.
In India, literacy rate has been low and is growing gradually. Illiteracy has been considered one of the reasons for rape and sexual misconduct, but this is proving to be untrue as literate and accomplished people are coming out as exploiters.
Allegations against Rajat Kapoor first came out when a journalist called him out for unsolicited advances.
I don't even know any more.
Filmmaker Rajat Kapoor
Two separate and different accounts pic.twitter.com/nBjNOsun3j
— Sandhya Menon (@TheRestlessQuil) October 7, 2018
Rajat Kapoor soon after shared an apology on Twitter.
I am sorry from the bottom of my heart- and sad that I was the cause of this hurt
to another human being.
If there is one thing more important to me than even my work,
it is to be a good human being.
And I have tried to be that person.
And now, I will try harder.
— Rajat Kapoor (@mrrajatkapoor) October 7, 2018
We are neither a victim, or a court of law, so we cannot judge who is on the right side, but Rajat Kapoor accepting the accusations and apologizing is a baby step towards the eradication of sexual misconduct and rape although he shouldn’t have done so in the first place.
As for the victims, you don’t need to be a part of a glorified industry to speak out, being a human is enough.