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Minal Khatri

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In Her Column, Twinkle Khanna Opens Up About The Day She Was Sexually Harassed At Work

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  •  March 20, 2017

Twinkle Khanna had never spared the blades of her words and always exposed the ill tendencies of our society in her witty articles.

Recently, when a woman from TVS (The Viral Fever) opened about facing harassment at work, Mrs. Funny Bones tINKled many with uncomfortable truth in her column.

When the founder Arunabh Kumar spoke with Mumbai Mirror and denied the harassment claims made against him, he said: “Social media has already declared me an offender, but I am ready to address all the allegations against me. I am open to receiving a police complaint so that I can respond legally as well.TVF is bigger than me and if there is a remote chance that I have done any wrong, let me be persecuted.”

With this, Kumar also took it a chance to speak about the allegations made against him in the past by filmmaker Reema Sengupta. He said, “I am a heterosexual, single man and when I find a woman sexy, I tell her she’s sexy. I compliment women. Is that wrong? Having said that, I am very particular about my behavior- I will approach a woman, but never force myself.”

With that been said, our very own Twinkle Khanna, took the issue to her column and cut the statements made by Kumar with the writing curve of an honest commentary.


On privilege:

“…A single comment attributed to him, ‘I am a heterosexual single man, and when I find a woman sexy, I tell her she is sexy. I compliment women, is that wrong?’ doesn’t just make alarm bells ring but is more akin to the hooting of the siren on top of a politician’s car that speeds through traffic lights and pushes its way through crammed spaces, declaring that here is a privileged someone who believes that the rules are meant for everyone else.”

How it is to call a woman sexy at work?

“By calling a woman ‘sexy’ in a working environment, you are undermining everything she has worked for, the stereotypes she has had to break, the pride she takes in her abilities, and the inevitable guilt that she feels about not being home with her children, just to be there in that office, trying to make her place in the world.”

When Twinkle Khanna faced harassment herself:

“A few years ago, a message on my phone reduced me to tears in the car. I had reached the breaking point after months of suggestive messages from a wealthy, powerful client that I had been pretending not to understand because all I wanted to do was to complete the project in a professional manner. And so I ended up as a statistic — the 38% of women who faced sexual harassment at work, according to a survey done by the Indian National Bar Association.”

Why men need to be considerate while complimenting women:

“Do not stalk her, touch her, send her lewd messages and emails. And as far as compliments go, try telling her about her great presentation skills, her way with numbers, her astute negotiations. ‘Sexy’ is an acceptable compliment within a work environment only if she is a stripper and you are her pimp trying to boost her confidence before she takes the stage. Telling a woman she is sexy in the bedroom is fine, telling her the same thing in the boardroom simply deplorable.”

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