Shenaz Treasurywala’s open letter to most powerful men
Shenaz Treasurywala’s open letter to most powerful men, Model-turned-actress Shenaz Treasurywala has a request to make to some of country\'s \'most powerful men\'.
Model-turned-actress Shenaz Treasurywala has a request to make to some of country's 'most powerful men'. In the light of the recent Uber rape case that rocked the capital, Treasurywala, wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Anil Ambani, asking them for 'help' to fight rape.
Saying that it isn't the shame of the victim (s) but of those who are responsible for it, the television presenter recounted several incidents of molestation and sexual harassment that she faced in public transport or in city streets of Mumbai.
She wrote, “As a teenager I would dream of and still sometimes dream that I had a machine gun and could kill all the men who tried to grope me. A very disturbing dream for a kid, don’t you think? I got my first assignment as a model in the FYJC and I had to go to screen-tests straight from college. So I had to dress nice, didn’t make it any easier. I specifically remember the time I went for an audition in a red body suit and a black long skirt with slits. It was HELL! I never wore that again. As if it was the dress’s fault.
I developed ways to defend myself, I always carried a bag in front of me, my fist was always clenched, I always turned around every 20 seconds to check who was behind me and a few times I slapped men who touched me, I got slapped back many times too. Sometimes saved by the public, MOST TIMES NOT."
She urged women to make speaking up their motto and not silently tolerating these harassment incidents. Questioning the PM, she said, "What good are all your speeches in the US or Japan or AUSTRALIA- NAMO, if no woman can walk freely in the streets even in broad daylight by herself in the CAPITAL OF OUR COUNTRY. Isn’t this a SHAME? SHAME ON YOU SIR."
"I beg all of you fine gentlemen that I have addressed to help change the LAW. You are powerful men. I say, SHAME and PUNISH THE Gropers and Sexual offenders severely. KILL THE RAPISTS. I won’t ask for public castration which is what I want and all the women want because I know this is unrealistic and things move SO DAMN SLOW in our FINE NATION. All I ask for is the -Death Penalty Please. NOW! QUICK!" she adds.