Fortunate That My Name Didn't Come Out In #MeToo: Shatrughan Sinha

Shatrughan Sinha Me Too movement

Shatrughan Sinha was speaking at the launch of debutant author Dhruv Somani’s A Touch of Evil

Sinha said, "Today is the time of #MeToo, and there shouldn't be any shame or hesitation to say that behind a successful man's fall is a woman".

The #MeToo movement hit Bollywood a year ago and saw several women coming out with their stories of sexual harassment and rape by actors and filmmakers from the industry. "Behind the troubles and infamy of successful men, there have been mostly women that I have seen in this movement", Sinha was quoted in The Indian Express as saying. "I think I have been fortunate that despite doing all that I did, my name hasn't popped up in the #MeToo movement", Sinha controversially said. His statements have left many in shock, even though, the actor politician further went on to say that his words should be taken in the humorous spirit and not otherwise. "Hence, I listen to my wife and often take her as a shield with me so that even if there's nothing, I can show, "I am happily married, my life is good", he said. But beyond that, I don't want to go further at this hour because it's a book launch event and we should not cross our limits.

The Me Too Movement lead to names like Nana Patekar, Alok Nath, Kailash Kher, Sajid Khan and more to be revealed by women who faced harassment at the hands of prominent people from the industry.

But later on, when the media questioned him about him making such frivolous statements about the Me Too movement, Sinha said that it shouldn't be taken out of context and should be taken in the humorous spirit. I highly appreciate, I applaud the women who have, "better late than never", come forward. I just said it to take it in the plain sense of humour. "I salute their guts and courage but beyond that I wouldn't like to speak further on this at this book launch". "Having said this, I understand what you are saying and I am highly supportive of what you said".

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