Following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Richa Chadha was one actress who spoke out about sexual harassment in India. The talented actress had blogged about her experiences but has apparently faced some backlash as she stopped short of naming and shaming.
Chadha is known for speaking up against injustices and she was one of the few actresses who added her voice to the #MeToo campaign where women spoke out about sexual abuse. However the actress did not raise the names of those who were involved in perpetrating such acts and recently explained why.
“If you give me pension for life, take care of my safety, my family, ensure I’ll continue to get work in films and TV or whatever I want to do, my career will grow unabated as it is right now after I name and shame somebody, sure I will. Not just me, million others will do that. But who will do it?” said Chadha as reported by ZEE News. The actress also went onto add that there is no such support system in the industry for those who do speak out but they are instead left to face repercussions. “Every time we take a step, there is a backlash. The ecosystem and the structure of the industry needs to change. We don’t have royalties here for actors, in absence of proper legislations, who will take a risk,” she added.
Whether the actress faces more criticism for fearing her career will be affected remains to be seen, but no one can say that Chadha has not raised awareness about such an important issue that happens in the industry.