"I don’t think we are as progressive as we imagine"
Dia Mirza opened up about how she feels about premarital sex and pregnancy.
She stated that it is a “personal choice” and can only be “celebrated” by those who are not threatened during the decision-making process.
The actress was criticised over the timing of her marriage and pregnancy.
She then came out and said she did not get married because of her pregnancy.
Dia has now spoken about premarital sex and pregnancy amid the ongoing criticism Alia Bhatt is facing after she announced her pregnancy two months after marrying Ranbir Kapoor.
Dia explained: “I feel when it comes to personal choice and the power of personal choice, it can only be celebrated by those who ensure they make personal choices, not threatened, not afraid of making the choice that you need to as an individual.”
Saying that society is not as progressive as one might think, Dia continued:
“And while there may be many people with regressive thoughts on things like premarital sex or premarital pregnancy or any other things for that matter, there are enough people who recognise the fact that it is a personal choice, that people have the right to do if they choose to.
“I don’t think we are as progressive as we imagine or as we consider ourselves to be.”
Reflecting on women’s rights in society, Dia added:
“We are in the dark ages when it comes to women’s rights in many aspects.”
“Look at the kind of crimes that continue to be committed against women.
“Look at America, it’s supposed to be a great democracy, right?
“Look how far behind they have gone when it comes to women’s rights. Women can’t go through abortion if they want!
“At least in India, the law protects women and their rights. I think as a society we need to learn to respect that more.”
On the work front, Dia Mirza will next be seen in the upcoming film Bheed.