With the #MeToo movement gaining its momentum in India, a lot of outrage and revelations have made their way to the headlines. The latest celebrity to make her stance is the ace Indian Shuttler, PV Sindhu. The Olympic medalist was at an event called ‘SH(OUT) - Sexual Harassment OUT: We are listening’, organised by the Hyderabad Police where she spoke about the same at length. "It is an unwanted or unwelcome sexual behaviour which makes a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated. It can be physical, verbal, non-verbal or written. The current #MeToo movement has brought in a lot of awareness recently about the sexual harassment of women in the workplace. This movement has educated both women and men about the responsibilities towards society."
Sindhu also made a point about how she feels women get a lot of respect in foreign countries, but, in India there only a few people who practice what they preach, “Whenever I have been travelling abroad, there I have seen a lot of respect and privacy towards women... Well in India, people actually tell us about women that we should respect women, but I think there are very rare people that are actually practising it... It's just that they just say it, but don't practice it."
However, the Shuttler also feels that the Indian society has ‘completely changed’ now. "Earlier it was like women should not work and stay at home, but now the society has completely changed. It is said that men and women are equal. I think the women have to be strong and we have to believe in ourselves.”
At the event, the Hyderabad Police Commissioner, Anjani Kumar shared that the aim of ‘SH(OUT) - Sexual Harassment OUT: We are listening’ is to spread awareness across working women in all sectors about sexual harassment and the kind of measures that can be taken for its prevention.