Actress Who Plays Babita-Ji In ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’ Puts #MeToo On Instagram And Shares Her Story

Updated on 9 Nov, 2017 at 6:53 pm

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The world is a tough place for women. Recurring incidents of sexual assault, acid attacks, discrimination on the basis of sex and harassment, usually fill the headlines of newspapers and news feeds of social media. Recently, a two-word hashtag (#MeToo) created a unique revolution on social networks and a large number of women criticized sexual assault and harassment, in the wake of sexual offense allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

 

This is the first time in history when women in such huge numbers came forward and shared their ordeal. Their experiences of misconduct and offense are not only horrific but an indication of a sickening practice that is widespread in the society.


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A protester in Paris with the hashtag.

Many celebrities have come forward and spoken up for the cause. Now another actress has come forward and shared her experience through her latest Instagram post.

Actress Munmun Dutta, who portrays the role of Babita in popular Sab TV show, “Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah”, wrote, “My tuition teacher had his hands in my underpants.”



 

Not only this, through her Instagram post, Munmun also quoted various other incidents when she found herself in uncomfortable situations, however, never spoke up about it.

 

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#MeToo …… Yes …. #Metoo ….. Sharing a post like this and joining the global awareness on sexual assaults on women all over the world and showing solidarity to each and every woman who sailed on the same boat , shows the magnitude of the problem. M surprised that some 'good ' men are shocked to see the number of women who have come out and shared their #metoo experiences. NO DON'T BE. This is happening in your own backyard, in your own house, with your own sister, daughter , mother, wife or even your maid … Gain their trusts and ask them. You will be surprised at their answers.. You will be surprised with their stories.. Writing something like this brings me to tears reliving those memories as a little girl when I was scared of the neighbourhood uncle and his prying eyes who at any given opportunity would grope me and threaten me not to speak about this to anyone ….. OR my much older cousins who would eye me differently than their own daughters …. OR the man who saw me at the hospital when I was born and 13 years later he thought it's appropriate for him to touch my body because I was a growing teenager and my body had changed…. OR my tuition teacher who had his hands in my underpants ……. OR this another teacher , whom I tied Rakhi to, would scold the female students in the class by pulling their bra straps and slapping on their breasts …. . OR that man in the train station who gropes U … Why ?? Because you're too young and scared to speak up. So scared that you can feel your stomach getting twisted inside and throat getting choked up … you don't know how are you going to explain it to your parents or you're too shy to utter a word to anyone …. And then you start developing that deep rooted hatred towards men … Because you know they're the culprit who made you feel this way.. That disgusting, twisted feeling inside which takes years to overcome …. M happy to be another voice joining this movement and make people realise that I was not spared either. But TODAY I will rip apart any man who even remotely tries anything on me. I AM PROUD OF WHO I AM ..

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In case you are unable to read her post above, here is what she wrote:

“#MeToo…yes…#MeToo…Sharing a post like this and joining the global awareness on sexual assaults on women all over the world and showing solidarity to each and every woman who sailed on the same boat , shows the magnitude of the problem. M surprised that some ‘good ‘ men are shocked to see the number of women who have come out and shared their #metoo experiences. NO DON’T BE. This is happening in your own backyard, in your own house, with your own sister, daughter , mother, wife or even your maid … Gain their trusts and ask them. You will be surprised at their answers.. You will be surprised with their stories.. Writing something like this brings me to tears reliving those memories as a little girl when I was scared of the neighbourhood uncle and his prying eyes who at any given opportunity would grope me and threaten me not to speak about this to anyone ….. OR my much older cousins who would eye me differently than their own daughters …. OR the man who saw me at the hospital when I was born and 13 years later he thought it’s appropriate for him to touch my body because I was a growing teenager and my body had changed…. OR my tuition teacher who had his hands in my underpants ……. OR this another teacher , whom I tied Rakhi to, would scold the female students in the class by pulling their bra straps and slapping on their breasts …. . OR that man in the train station who gropes U … Why ?? Because you’re too young and scared to speak up. So scared that you can feel your stomach getting twisted inside and throat getting choked up … you don’t know how are you going to explain it to your parents or you’re too shy to utter a word to anyone …. And then you start developing that deep rooted hatred towards men … Because you know they’re the culprit who made you feel this way.. That disgusting, twisted feeling inside which takes years to overcome …. M happy to be another voice joining this movement and make people realise that I was not spared either. But TODAY I will rip apart any man who even remotely tries anything on me. I AM PROUD OF WHO I AM ..”

 

Munmum with actor Dilip Joshi who plays Jethalal Gada in the same show.


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It must have taken her a lot of courage and guts to come out forward and give us a hint of what she has been through. #MeToo campaign has not only given voice to women, social media has given them a platform to open up about what they have kept inside their hearts for years and years. Women have now been getting immense support from other women and also from the male fraternity. After all, we all are humans and we must respect each other as much as we do ourselves.


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