New Delhi: Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi feels that the famous #MeToo campaign in Hollywood which opened the lid to a can of worms related to the sexual misconduct prevalent in the industry will never happen in this side of the world.
Reason? Well, the actress told PTI that campaign worked in Hollywood because a lot of senior female actors came forward with their stories of sexual harassment, something which has not happened in the Hindi film industry.
When asked if it was disheartening that the movement never arrived in Bollywood, she told PTI, "It's not going to happen (in Bollywood) and the reason is, it worked in Hollywood because a lot of senior and respected actresses spoke about it. That's what really gives the #MeToo movement a lot of momentum. I really hope and pray it happens in India. But I feel we should not wait for this campaign to happen just in the film industry, it should happen in all walks of life."
She further added upon the fact that the work environment should be safe and secure for women.
Huma said, "It's a two-way thing. First, we should look at the representation of women in films. How we are looking at them. Then, of course, better role models for young girls who would empower them rather than degrade. There's a 360-degree effort. It starts at home. The girls have to be equal to boys. If a woman comes out saying she has been abused or assaulted, we should not start finding flaws in her character, or try to dig up her past for murky details. Those are the things we should keep mind."
Me Too movement was started against sexual harassment and assault. The hashtag #MeToo became a viral phenomenon on social media as many opened up on their sexual assault and harassment encounters especially in the workplace.
It followed after the public revelations of sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein came to the limelight.
(With PTI inputs)