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Twitter Reacts: Rani Mukerji Pitches in on Sexual Harassment Debate With ‘Martial Arts Noises’

The crux of Mukerji's argument was that women are responsible for protecting themselves from sexual harassment.

On Saturday, December 29, a video clip from CNN-News18‘s “The Actresses Roundtable 2018 with Rajeev Masand” went viral on social media, all thanks to Rani Mukerji‘s remarkable contribution to the conversation about sexual harassment.

Besides Mukerji, the roundtable discussion included actors Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhat, Tabu, Anushka Sharma and Taapsee Pannu. While discussing the #MeToo movement, Mukerji made extremely regressive comments. The crux of her argument was that women are responsible for protecting themselves from sexual harassment.

Mukerji, adamant on her stance, said, “I think as a woman you have to be that powerful within yourself, you have to believe that you’re so powerful that if you ever come into a situation like that you have the courage to say ‘back off.’ I think you have to have the courage to be able to protect yourself.”

She also said that martial arts and self-defence should be made compulsory in schools, adding, “You have to take responsibility for your own self.”

Mukerji’s arguments were met with widespread criticism on social media, the main contention being that they are essentially victim-blaming in nature, aside from being ignorant and coming from a place of extreme privilege.

Mukerji wasn’t the first woman from Bollywood to air problematic views on sexual misconduct, violence against women and the #MeToo movement. Earlier this year, actress Preity Zinta implied that some women used the #MeToo movement “for personal vendetta or publicity” and were diluting the cause.

Also read: Stupid to Ask for Proof From Women Who’ve Come Out, Says Karan Johar on #MeToo

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