Over the weekend, one news that went viral was about actor-turned-politician, Kushboo Sundar, who recently took charge as a member of National Commission for Women (NCW). In an interview to Barkha Dutt for The Mojo Story, Khushboo revealed that she was 8-years-old when she was sexually and physically abused by her father.
While social media came out sympathising with her traumatic childhood, there’s another story over the weekend, which completely went unnoticed – for reasons known to all!
Veteran actor Piyush Mishra in his recent interview with PTI opened up about a disturbing incident from his early life, when he was ‘sexually assaulted by a female relative’.
The incident that took place nearly 50-years ago happened when Mishra was in the seventh standard. The actor had narrated this experience in his autobiographical novel Tumhari Auqaat Kya Hai Piyush Mishra.
Gangs of Wasseypur fame actor said that although the episode left a deep impact on his life, he never wanted to take ‘revenge’ from that person. Quoting to PTI, Mishra expressed,
Sex is such a healthy thing that your first encounter with it should be good, otherwise it scars you for life, it disturbs you for life. That sexual assault gave me complex throughout my life and it took me a long time and several partners to come out of it. I wanted to hide the identity of some people. Some of them are women, and some men who are now well established in the film industry. I did not want to take revenge against anybody, or to hurt anyone.
Mishra’s book narrates the decades-long journey into the Indian film industry and the numerous struggles and hardships that he faced along the way before getting recognition among audiences. National School of Drama (NSD) alumnus added,
I wanted to write a novel for a long time, but now it is out of the way. I don’t want to stay as a music director, neither do I want to sing. I don’t want to just act… Now, I have film direction on my mind. That is something I want to explore. Let’s see when that happens.
- In India as well as globally, society does not encourage boys/men to speak up against abuse or violence
- If the accused is a woman, then it is almost unbelievable by anyone, and often dismissed by all, including the victim’s own parents/family members
- We, in India, also want to constantly believe that all women are devis (Goddesses) and thus they can do no wrong
- Mainstream media is one of the biggest culprit of running only one-sided gendered stories, labelling all women are survivors, and all men as predators
- The unilateral #MeToo movement too did not bother to run campaigns against women who sexually exploited the men
- Gender debates have been reduced to a sham, because universally anything related to Gender is only and only about women
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"I Was Sexually Assaulted By Female Relative In Class VII; Left Deep Impact On My Life": Actor #PiyushMishra
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