Kangana Ranaut the “Queen” of the Bollywood has always attracted the paparazzi for some reason or other. While she is a renowned actress, she is also known for her bold statements. A few months back, she uproars about the acid attack on her sister and how brave her sister was to overcome such a tragic incident.
She spoke her mind, on the case of 25-year-old Ankur Panwar who was death sentenced for throwing acid on a 23-year-old nurse, Preeti Rathi for rejecting his marriage proposal by the Special Mumbai Court. This incident took place some three years back and recently the case was concluded. She told TOI:
“I feel that this judgment is a good sign and an example for everyone who would even think of a heinous act like this. But I still think that this is not the answer, and hanging people is not enough. Our society is responsible for cultivating such a mindset. For men, rejection is a very big deal. Also, boys in our country need to be taught to respect women from the beginning. The learning and upbringing begin at home. We need to uphold real men with right values, and not cowards, as role models for society. Men like my brother-in-law (Ajay Chandel, Rangoli’s husband) are real men, and in my eyes, heroes. We shouldn’t glorify men who bully or use other forms of mental abuse to push women to extremes like suicide. These bullies have to be called out.”
She was seen touched while recalling the life her sister has dealt with and how tough it is for an acid attack survivor to lead a normal life. She added;
“I was in the gym on the treadmill when I saw the news flash on television. I couldn’t believe what I was watching. Rangoli was just 23 and in the university. She is a microbiologist and a topper. The man who attacked her had poured almost one litre of acid on her, it was ghastly and shocking. At that point in my career, I was struggling and going through a tough time in Mumbai, but at least I could afford treatment. There are so many women who can’t afford to do this and lose hope. Right after this incident, I insisted that Rangoli should come to Mumbai to get treated. My family was reluctant because back then, I didn’t share a great relationship with them. But I insisted and brought her here. This tragedy didn’t make Rangoli and me look good as we were judged for it. Like what happens with rape survivors, there is a lot of stigmas attached to survivors of an acid attack. “
On the world’s thoughts on “Beti ko itna padhaoge toh aisa hi hoga” Kangana reacted:
“Forget the physical trauma, you can’t imagine the mental scar it can leave on a girl. Some people told my father, ‘Beti ko itna padhaoge toh aisa hi hoga.’ While all this was happening, there was no time to cry or react. One day after six months, I buried my face in Rangoli’s lap and cried. Fortunately, my brother-in-law came along and supported her like a rock. They knew each other since first grade and he always liked her. Rangoli has been happily married for four years now. But I know that not every story turns out this way and the pain and hurt is too deep to ever forget.”