Women should speak out against Marital Rape – Katrina Kaif

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Katrina Kaif, one of the foremost faces of the industry, has now become the voice for women who suffer marital rape and mostly remain silent.

She was speaking at the ‘WeUnite’ conference, which marks UN Women’s partnership with the IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

I would urge more women to speak up. It is not okay to feel inferior or weak, because we are not the weaker sex by any stretch of imagination. The world has largely been led by patriarchal societies and women have, through the years, largely remained quiet in the face of atrocities rather than speak out against them.

– Katrina Kaif

She stressed that marital rape is a widespread problem in India across all dynamics.

I know of educated women, who remain silent in the face of violence, because they are afraid to confront societal norms and have fingers pointed in their direction. Specially when the majority of our society fails to recognise martial rape as a crime.

She pointed out that India is a country which had a woman head of state long before England did and something that a developed democracy like America is yet to achieve. She expressed her disappointment that gender inequality still exists in such a country.

India had a woman as the head of state, way before the United kingdom, a feat United states of America has not managed to achieve as of yet. Which is why it is surprising to hear about gender inequality in India. And sadly we do.

She also pointed out how most instances of crimes against women go unreported.

On a daily basis there are shocking stories about the violent crimes made against women. Yet, I can only imagine how many other crimes against women in India go unreported. In India according to the data provided by the national crime records bureau, in 2001 the reported crimes against women were 1,43,795. In 2005, it were 3,27,394. More
than a 100 percent in numbers. “However I would like to believe that this increase in numbers is not an increase in crime against women. It is in
increase in number of women who are ready to come forward and reporting them.

She however, also mentioned that it’s not an India specific problem. It’s a problem that exists worldwide.

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