Adnan Siddiqui has raised his voice regarding sexual harassment in Pakistan and he’s asking women to come forward with their stories.
In an Instagram post, the star shared, “I’ve recently read about a few cases sexual abuse, harassment, and abduction and street crime across the globe. They’ve been on the rise in the last few days.”
Citing the recent case of multiple Indian journalists who’ve been accused of sexual harassment by their female counterparts, Adnan wrote, “There are quite a few female journalists in India who’ve come out and openly spoken about various kinds of abuse they’ve faced or crime they’ve been subjected to. I read some stories on twitter and though I was quiet, it was bothering me.”
“I’ve read a few stories about various crimes in Pakistan also recently. While some of them took a really long time to speak up, I must have say it’s a very brave step. I think it requires immense courage to speak against such crimes. We’re progressing and growing then why not work towards making the world free of sexual abuse and harassment?” asked the actor.
He then asked women to speak up if they’re in an uncomfortable situation. “If you notice/experience anything that’s not favourable, or if someone tries to abuse or harass you please speak up. By keeping quiet you’re encouraging the culprit to continue with what he does. If today god forbid it’s you, tomorrow it would be someone else. “
But he is more concerned about the women who don’t/cannot speak up due to certain pressures which is why he feels women need to be encouraged and empowered to open up about such ordeals.
The actor wrote: “I feel, we must empower women to speak up against a crime they’ve been subjected to. Instead of putting allegations on them, trolling them, we must be empathetic towards them. Help them heal. Help them come out in the open and nab the culprits. Help the world become free of any abuse and harassment. Women are the torch bearers of tomorrow. I’m reminded of these lines by Faiz Ahmed Faiz, “Bol, ke lab azaad hai tere, bol, zabaan ab tak teri hai…”
Many women in Pakistan and India have come forward with their MeToo stories of sexual harassment at the hands of their friends, colleagues and co-stars including Meesha Shafi, Tanushree Dutta and Kangana Ranaut.