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' Women will be suppressed, if they don't speak up'

About the ongoing issue of Tanushree Dutta’s allegations, Parineeti feels it’s important for women to feel protected in the industry

 Women will be suppressed,   if they dont speak up

In the wake of Tanushree Dutta's allegation that Nana Patekar harassed her on the sets of a film in 2008, Parineeti Chopra said it is important for women in the industry to speak up about harassment they have faced. Dutta, in a recent TV interview, had claimed that Patekar misbehaved with her on the sets of Horn Ok Pleasss 10 years ago.

When asked if this will be the start of a MeToo movement in Bollywood, Parineeti said, "Honestly I really hope this is not the start of a MeToo movement, because it would mean there are several such stories and I hope this is the first and the last story."

"If there are victims, especially women in the industry, actores who have faced this, I want every woman to come out and speak. If they don't speak now, they will forever be suppressed. Personally I've never gone through such an experience, if God forbid this happened with me I would have never kept quiet," she added.

The Meri Pyaari Bindu star says it's important for women to feel protected in the industry. "Keeping quiet is not the solution ever. This is something very serious which has happened to someone, if it has happened. I'm not taking sides because I wasn't there. If it has happened, it's the worst thing that can happen to a woman," she added.

"If we can't feel protected in our industry, country, how can I live, or work? I hope it's untrue but if it has happened then we will all support her, even the men."

Arjun Kapoor, said it's extremely important for people not to pass judgements but simply hear the actor's side. "I have two sisters in this industry and two others working elsewhere. I hope every women feels safe...This happens everywhere, it's the reality but one person decided to speak up.

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