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Sexual violence has to do with power, it is not only limited to film industry: Huma Qureshi


While speaking from Cannes, the actress also noted that in India when a woman speaks up against such violence, people take up the task of passing judgements against her instead of nabbing the culprit.

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Recently, actresses Radhika Apte and Usha Jadhav had stepped forward to reveal their experiences of sexual harassment in the film industry in a BBC documentary, titled Bollywood's Dark Secret.

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Now, actress Huma Qureshi has opened up about the sexual advances she encountered in India and abroad. However, she also made it clear that sexual harassment is not exclusive to the film industry but is prevalent "across different professions and different strata".

Speaking to CNN News18 from Cannes, she said, “Well, as a woman, absolutely, I have had to deal with people making advances at me, but not just people from the business of film industry, but people across different professions and different strata. I think it has a lot to do with power, it is not only limited to the film business.”

The actress also noted that in India when a woman speaks up against such violence, people take up the task of passing judgements against her instead of nabbing the culprit. “In India and elsewhere in the world, the moment a woman speaks out against harassment, people sort of start making all sorts of character judgments about her, about her morality, about what she was wearing and all such things and I think that is not fair,” she said.

Condenming this practice, she added, “If a woman is saying something out loud, she is asking for help and you have no business to character assassinate her. You have to reach out to her and help her and protect her and I think we need to protect our women and we need to protect our children.”

On the work front, Qureshi was seen in three films last year — Jolly LLB 2, Partition: 1947 and Dobaara: See Your Evil.