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Rapists should hide their faces, not victims: Naseeruddin Shah

The actor was speaking at the trailer launch of his upcoming film Hope Aur Hum that will hit the screens on 11 May.

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Iconic actor Naseeruddin Shah who feels disturbed about the recent barbaric rape and murder cases of young girls, says that more rape cases are reported to police and media these days, as compared to earlier, which is "a positive sign".

Asked at the trailer launch of his upcoming film Hope Aur Hum on Monday (23 April) for his opinion about the rape and murder of an 8-year-old child in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua, he said, "Well, rape is not a new phenomenon, such horrors have always happened. But the positive thing is, these days such cases are reported more.

"In fact, there is a very wonderful thing that I read yesterday in a newspaper where a rape survivor was saying that why should the victim hide her face? In fact, the accused, who has committed the crime should be ashamed, they should hide their faces. It's a threatful situation... I guess it is a good thing that media is so alert about all these things nowadays.

"It surely makes our morning horrifying, as the moment you open the newspaper, such news appears. But it is good that such incidents are talked about."

Shah admitted that he doesn't know if this is the solution.

"We are talking about a generational change of mindset, that cannot happen overnight. What we can do, is to trend set the example in our personal lives. We cannot keep on policing or not every girl can possibly keep a pistol or learn martial arts. It has to begin with us, with each one of us," said the veteran actor.

The trailer launch was attended by the cast and crew of the film including actress Sonali Kulkarni, Naveen Kasturia, along with child actors of the film and director Sudip Bandyopadhyay.

Hope Aur Hum will be released on 11 May.