BJP MP from Maharashtra, Poonam Mahajan, on Sunday said that she too was sexually harassed in the past adding that every single woman has had the similar experience at some stage.
Speaking at the IIM Ahmedabad, Mahajan said, “I used to take a train to my classes in Versova from Worli. I could not afford to travel by car at the time. But I did not feel self-pity that someone was looking at me in a disagreeable way. Every woman on this planet, especially in India, has faced that.”
Mahajan, who’s an MP from Mumbai North, said that self pity must not be the response when sexually harassed.
“Every Indian woman has had remarks passed about her or has been touched inappropriately.” Mahajan was quoted by Times of India.
She was addressing the studenst at the Red Bricks Summit while speaking on the theme ‘Breaking the Glass-Ceiling’. Mahajan is the daughter of late BJP stalwart Pramod Mahajan.
She added, “We connect goddesses to every aspect of life. In some respects, we are ahead of America.
“They do not have a woman president. But in India, women have assumed the role of President, Prime Minister, defence minister, and chief ministers. These leaders have broken the glass ceiling. It is up to us to continue that tradition. It is up to us not to harbour self-pity. If someone harasses you, slap him and don’t think why he did that.”