MeToo: It took me years to realise I was sexually harassed by a director, claims Swara Bhasker

She alleged that our culture doesn't teach women to recognise predatory behaviour

The MeToo movement gained momentum in India after Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of sexual harassment on the sets of 2008 film Horn OK Pleasss. After that, several B-town celebs including Alok Nath, Sajid Khan, Mukesh Chhabra, Anu Malik and others, were accused of sexual misconduct by several women. Now actress Swara Bhasker finally opened up on her MeToo incident and stated that it took her nearly six to eight years to realise that she was sexually harassed by a director.

Alleging that the Indian culture doesn’t teach women to recognise predatory behaviour, Swara added, “It took me 6-8 years to realise when I heard someone else talk about their experience of harassment at a panel discussion like this. I was like God, what happened to me 3 years ago was actually sexual harassment at work place! I never realised it because like you said, I escaped. Because the person did not touch me and I managed to ward it off,” as quoted by a leading news agency.

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Swara Bhasker

The actress, who was speaking at a panel discussion on the life of Harvey Weinstein & PriveHD’s Prive Soiree, pointed out, “I would just tell myself that this director is being… whatever, but that is not the full truth. The director was not being an idiot or an ass, he was being a predator.”

Swara concluded by saying that if anything happens there is no one to tell you that this is sexual harassment and maintained, “We should also talk about the culture that enables these predators to reach the position of power they do. So, it’s also a question of making ourselves aware of many things that go into legitimising predatory behaviour.”

Work wise, she was last seen in Veere Di Wedding, which starred Sonam Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Shikha Talsania.