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'Shaktiman' Mukesh Khanna slammed for remarks on #MeToo Movement

'It all began when women started saying that they want to do what men do,' the actor said.

'Shaktiman' Mukesh Khanna slammed for remarks on #MeToo Movement
Veteran actor Mukesh Khanna | Twitter
'Shaktiman' Mukesh Khanna slammed for remarks on #MeToo Movement
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2020-10-31T22:44:04+05:30

Veteran actor Mukesh Khanna, best known for playing superhero Shaktimaan and Bhishma Pitamaha in the television series "Mahabharata", has been criticized for his statement that the #MeToo movement began when women stepped out of their homes and started working.

The #MeToo movement started in Hollywood in 2017 after many women from the entertainment industry called out various powerful men for sexually harassing them, drawing focus on workplace safety.

A year later, it gathered momentum in Bollywood when actor Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of sexual harassment. Following this, many women in the Indian film industry came out to speak against the culture of a toxic work environment.

In a video clip from an interview given to a news channel, Khanna claimed that the #MeToo movement happened because women tried "walking shoulder to shoulder with men".

"Men and women are different. The job of a woman is to take care of the house, pardon me as I say certain things. The problem of #MeToo began when women started working. Today, women talk about walking shoulder-to-shoulder with men," Khanna said.

The 62-year-old actor said both men and women have their own set of responsibilities.

"People talk about women’s lib (liberation), but let me tell you that's where the problem begins. The first person who suffers is the child because he doesn’t have a mother (around him at home), he sits and watches TV with his nanny all day.

"It all began when women started saying that they want to do what men do. No, a man is a man and a woman is a woman," he said.

Khanna's comments were met with sharp criticism from social media users.

Kavita Krishnan, an activist wrote - What @actmukeshkhanna says in this video is basically what @myogiadityanath wrote in his article - that housework & childcare is women's work, & women who work outside the home cause sexual harassment & harm children. This is #rapeculture that blames women for sexual violence 

Gaurav Pandhi, a political activist wrote on Twitter - 

This man is SICK. In short, if women will step out for work, men are entitled to sexually assault them? If women want safety, they should stay at home.

Shame on you @actmukeshkhanna!

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