"So the movies I act in are an invitation for rape!!!"
Mallika Sherawat angrily reacted to a Twitter troll who blamed her films for encouraging violence against women.
The exchange came after Mallika reacted to the Hathras case where a teenage Dalit girl was raped and murdered.
The 19-year-old victim was gang-raped on September 14, 2020. Subsequently, four men were arrested. She tragically died on September 29, by which time, the matter had caused outrage across India.
The case drew even more outrage when the police cremated the victim’s body in the middle of the night, against the family’s wishes.
Citizens called for action against the officers responsible and the Superintendent was later suspended.
Mallika was one of the first actresses to react to the case, saying:
“Unless India reforms its medieval mindset towards women nothing will change #HathrasHorror #NirbhayaCase.”
She later wrote: “To deny an already broken and grieving family their daughter’s last rites is barbaric.”
Despite stating that violence against women would continue if India’s mindset did not change, a social media user claimed that Mallika’s films encourage violence.
The Twitter user wrote: “But the kind of roles you have played in Bollywood movie contradict your statement.
“Don’t you think the kind of message you deliver through your movies also play an important role?
“Improvement should start from the person who is making the statement first.”
This prompted an angry reaction from the actress who replied:
“So the movies I act in are an invitation for rape!!!
“It’s mentality like yours that make Indian society regressive for women! If you have a problem with my movies then don’t see them #nocountryforwomen.”
So the movies I act in are an invitation for rape!!! It’s mentality like yours that make Indian society regressive for women! If you hv a problem wt my movies then Don’t see them #nocountryforwomen https://t.co/I5XdN7zAA6
— Mallika Sherawat (@mallikasherawat) October 7, 2020
Mallika Sherawat had previously slammed those who criticised her for some of the roles she played in films.
She had said: “There were so many accusations and judgements on me. If you wear short skirts, kiss on-screen then you’re a fallen woman with no morals.
“Men tend to take liberties with you. This happened with me too.”
The actress had also opened up on the subject of nepotism and the casting couch within Bollywood.
“I was thrown out of projects because heroes would say ‘why can’t you be intimate with me? You can do it on screen, what’s the problem in doing that with me in private?’
“I’ve lost so many projects. It’s very reflective of the society, what women deal with in our country.”
Mallika last starred in the 2019 web-series Booo Sabki Phategi.