Took me years to realise I was sexually harassed by a director, Swara Bhaskar

The latest to speak about her #MeToo story is ‘Veere Di Wedding’ actress Swara Bhaskar. Swara revealed that she was sexually harassed by a director but it took 6-8 years to realise that she was sexually harassed.

"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 workplace! I never realised it because like you said, I escaped. Because the person did not touch me and I managed to ward it off," Swara said. 

The actor further revealed that she wasn’t able to recognise that pattern or behaviour because as our culture doesn't teach that. She said, “We do not teach our girl children to recognise predatory behaviour for what it is. There is so much of culture of silence, around sexuality in India, around the issue of sexual harassment, actually not just In India, everywhere around the world that we are just going through are lives without recognising it properly. We just recognise the discomfort.”

She further added, “It is really sad, because then slowly I began to realise that I am just not recognising it. Because we are so endured to handle and manage things. Since childhood, if anything happens there is no one to tell you that this is sexual harassment". 

She concluded saying, “First of these things is completely inhospitable and hostile society and a culture that actively or sub-consciously enables predators... We should use this moment to not just talk about the one predator that got caught and got glamourised. But 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.”