"we won’t have to 'save' our daughters anymore.”
Bollywood actor Pankaj Tripathi has spoken out about the importance of teaching feminism to young boys.
Before becoming a household name, Tripathi struggled to find his place in the Bollywood industry.
He revealed that he would survive on his wife Mridula Tripathi’s salary while trying to make it as an actor.
Pankaj Tripathi often credits his wife and daughter for the impact they have had on his life. He also speaks highly of their contributions to his career.
According to him, they are his pillars of strength.
As well as his acting expertise, Tripathi is also an advocate of women’s rights.
Pankaj Tripathi often sheds light on important societal issues and, being a feminist himself, he has now spoken out on the subject of feminism.
In an interview, Tripathi expressed his belief that schools should educate boys on feminism from a young age.
Pankaj Tripathi said:
“I feel that parents put all their energies into grooming and teaching their daughters how to behave themselves but when it comes to boys, it’s not given the same importance as it needs.
“In today’s education, I think the inclusion of feminism is a must for all young boys.
“If this is done, we won’t have to ‘save’ our daughters anymore.”
Tripathi believes that lessons on how to behave correctly in society are just as important for boys as they are for girls.
He also said that he feels boys need to learn right from the start that all genders are equal.
“Feminism, which talks of equal rights and opportunities for men and women, is a study that should be instilled in boys just as strongly as girls who are often taught to behave themselves in society.
“Boys need to learn right from the beginning that no gender is ever superior or inferior.”
“Respecting the other genders as well as empowering each other should be taught early on, not just to girls but to young boys as well.
“To see the existence of such a large gender disparity in our country needs immediate attention and change.”
India sees a large amount of gender-based crime, a problem believed to be the result of social conditioning.
Therefore, Pankaj Tripathi believes that it is important to deter men from this type of behaviour from a young age.