TV actor Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya took to Twitter on Sunday to strongly rebuke Mukesh Khanna’s controversial comment on the #MeToo movement, calling the thought process “regressive and outdated”.
“How regressive & outdated is that! It’s cringeworthy when people at respectable positions make such remarks. Misogyny may be a result of a traumatic memory or past. That’s the only benefit of doubt I can think of. With due respect – I condemn this statement of Mukesh ji!”
For those who don’t know this, ‘Mahabharata’ and ‘Shaktimaan’ actor Mukesh Khanna in a recent interview with a news source had blamed women for trying to be equal to & walk shoulder-to-shoulder with a man.
In an interview with the news source The Filmy Charcha, Mukesh said in Hindi that the whole ‘Me Too issue’ began after women started ‘leaving their kitchens’.
“Aurat ki rachna alag hoti hai and mard ki alag hoti hai. Aurat ka kaam hai ghar sambhalna, jo maaf karna mein kabhi kabhi bol bhi jata hu. Problem kaha se shuru hue hai #MeToo Ki jabh aurato nein bhi kaam karna shuru kar liya. Aj aurat mard ke saath kandhey se kandha milani ke baat karti hai (Women and men are made differently. Women’s responsibility is to take care of the house. I am sorry to say this, but the MeToo problem started after women started to work. Today, women aspire to walk shoulder-to-shoulder with men).”
One day after he made the above controversial remark,he said he was surprised by how his statement was taken and said:
I am not against women working. As I said let me show you my full interview taken by someone from which this ‘Vivadit Bayan’ has been taken out to malign me. This which I don’t mean. I was just commenting on how Me too can happen. You can see yourself in this interview how I respect women.
Here’s the Instagram post of the whole interview:
He also said:
“Log women’s liberation ki baat karenge, lekin main aapko bata doon, problem yahin se shuru hoti hai (People talk about women’s liberation, but let me tell you that where the problem begins). Sabse pehla jo member suffer Karta hai Woh Ghar ka bachcha suffer Karta hai, jisko maa nahi milti (The first person who suffers is the child because he doesn’t have a mother taking care of him at home). Aaya Ke Saath baith Kar Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu dekh Raha Hota hai (He sits and watches TV with his nanny all day). Jab se shuruat hui, tab se yeh Bhi shuruat hui ke main bhi wohi karungi jo mard Karta hai. Nahi, mard mard hai aurat aurat hai (It all began when women started saying that they want to do what men do. No, a man is a man and a woman is a woman).”
Many twitter users took to their profile to condemn the statements made by Khanna:
— Adv Mumtaz Begum (@i_am_mumtaz) October 30, 2020
Childhood ruined 🤧😷…the superhero actor says #MeToo started with woman wanting to go out and work equally and parallel to man in all walks of life#Shaktimaan #mukeshkhanna
Misogyny+ patriarchy is so vicious https://t.co/CHG1W1Xyax
— Ravi Dundigalla (@ravi_dundigalla) October 30, 2020
I understand that it must be difficult for #MukeshKhanna to watch women successfully balance their professional & personal lives,while he whines & nurses his inflated ego .For a misogynist,the concept of consent &sexual harassment will remain alien. #MeToo must be scary for you? https://t.co/K9oBnJdY2l
— Rudrani Chattoraj (@rudrani_rudz) October 30, 2020