Writer-director Tahira Kashyap, who has recently been diagnosed with cancer, came out in support of sexual assault victims and even opened up about her ordeal.
As the #MeToo movement has gained momentum in India, Tahira, who is Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana’s wife, took to Instagram to share her #MeToo story.
The 35-year-old revealed on social media how she dealt with sexual harassment in childhood.
On 13 October, Tahira wrote on Instagram, “My #MeToo moment… wish I didn’t have one and neither did anyone. But glad we are speaking about it. Let’s have zero tolerance towards it. And let’s not question how long the victim took to speak. It took me around 20 years. Will it be held against me?”
“I found solace after around 20 years when I shared the same with my husband and parents. Often the closest people, especially the relatives in your life (those whom everyone trusts), are the real creeps. I know how it feels to be violated and stifled inside for years altogether and how the memories of it makes one shudder,” the filmmaker wrote in her post.
Tahira went on to say that she used to be scared of a physical touch and said it was Ayushmann who healed her scars with love and patience.
“I was so scared of a physical touch that when I started dating my husband (then boyfriend) I would cry at every step of physical proximity. His patience and love healed me,” she added.
Even after the birth of their first child “the memories of the torment” still haunted her.
Tahira concluded her message by writing, “More power to the women to speak, more power to men to enact and more power to the truth.”
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My #MeToo moment… wish I didn’t have one and neither did anyone. But glad we are speaking about it. Let’s have zero tolerance towards it. And let’s not question how long the victim took to speak. It took me around 20 years. Will it be held against me? #metoomovement #metoo #comeout #loveyourself #expressyourself #zerotolerance
The Toffee director also appreciated men for taking a part in the #MeToo movement and encouraging women to speak up the truth.