Rhea Chakraborty, one of the main accused in the actor Sushant Singh Rajput death case was clicked wearing a T-Shirt with the inscription, “Roses are red, violets are blue, let's smash the patriarchy, me and you." The Jalebi actress was spotted wearing the T-Shirt when she arrived for questioning at the Narcotics Control Bureau office which started a movement. After Rhea’s arrest, many Bollywood celebrities came forward and extended their support to her and stood in solidarity to ‘smash the patriarchy’. Now, Tahira Kashyap pens down an open letter and extends her support towards #Smashthepatriarchy move amid case against Rhea Chakraborty. Ayushmann Khurrana’s wife shares instances from her personal life as voices her opinion.
In a MidDay report, Tahira Kashyap mentioned the reason why she penned down the open letter and shared that the chatter in the media let her to lose her poise. Tahira started her open letter with, “Why would I choose to write about this much-trodden topic now? Perhaps my threshold of tolerance has been tested in the last week, jolted by this new wave of anger against patriarchy. All of the talk in the media, the chatter on twitter, the footage on my tv screen, re-awakened something in me.” She then added, “And so in the last week when I had my usual share of experiences - the usual experiences that happen to every woman, every single day - I lost my poise.”
Tahira Kashyap who is spending their lockdown days with family in Chandigarh recalled a recent incident from a family gathering. The director mentioned about how a family member made a snide remark about her husband, actor Ayushmann Khurrana, asking her to look after him. The relative said, “look after your husband, feed him more greens.” Kashyap all angered by the remark went on and informed the relative that Ayushmann was making her some salad and mentioned she would ask him to make an extra serving for himself. Kashyap then went on and reacted to the name-calling a women has to face. She referred to the names Rhea Chakraborty has been called on social media and wrote, "I was tempted to crush his toes as I made the speech, but held myself back and simply stomped out of the living room. After all, who wants to deal with name-calling? I mean with 'vishkanya', 'gold digger' and 'Bengali women' doing the rounds I don't want 'khoon ki piyaasi', 'toes crushing' 'Punjabi women' to start another wave," sharing why she only reacted to the relative that much.
Tahira went on to share how she was later schooled for her behaviour and said, “I agree I was being harsh but was amazed by the offence taken. Perhaps every time a woman is called 'haramkhor', 'fucking m#$@#chod' on live feed, we should go out protesting too…oh but aren't we already?" As Tahira shared her point of view, she went on to mention how the stand against these statements has led to trolls sending rape and murder threats. Kashyap also opened up about gender equality in her open letter and mentioned how there is something drastically wrong with the general outlook towards women. She then recalled the multiple eve-teasing episodes and shared another anecdote from when she was 12. "Be it standing in queues outside a single screen theatre or lining up outside a mandir waiting for a chance to pour milk over shiv-ling and see the linga 'drink' it. Somehow I never got to experience the latter as I opted out of the line after getting groped. And I was all of 12 at that time. And that too at a pious place. If someone had called out these filthy minds for what they are, perhaps I wouldn't have to experience what I did," she wrote. Also Read: Sona Mohapatra Hits Out At Kangana Ranaut For Calling Rhea Chakraborty A ‘Small Time Druggie’: ‘Enough Of This, Have To Switch To Better’
Meanwhile, as Tahira Kashyap penned a long open letter expressing her thoughts, she concluded her letter suggesting that every time a remark is made against a woman, make an attempt changing the preposition and place the man in the perspective. “I can add an entire list of questions and this is from a place of privilege. I can't begin to fathom (but don't want to ignore) what must be happening to the rest of us across different strata of the same patriarchal society. So until the equation becomes equal, "roses are red, violets are blue, let's smash the patriarchy, me and you", Tahira Kashyap concluded.
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