Link to Shehnaz’s letter
Link to the reply
A few days ago, Shehnaz Treasurywala wrote an open letter. The letter was moving, was shared by a lot of people, was to the point and most importantly, most girls or rather most females could relate to it instantly.
I also read a letter written by a Mr X in response to Shehnaz’s letter that is being shared a lot and is reveiving agreat deal of approval. I was a bit taken aback by his reply to Shehnaz.
The way Mr X has started the letter (“I had to google up to find who you are”) demonstrates the mind set and the intension of the writer. The phrase cannot be under any circumstances taken as starting a fair conversation/argument. The statement clearly was used and written to act as an insult.
Mr X in his letter expresses his disapproval of the movie done by the actress, Delhi Belly since it had a lot of abuses and an “erotic scene”. So, does he by this is trying to imply that a woman who does erotic scenes on screen and is a part of a movie that a lot of abuses were also a part of, has no right to say/feel/express/condemn the social evils present in our society? On that note, I would like to ask Mr X if he questioned Amir Khan’s intentions when he did Styamevjayate because he was a part of a movie that had abuses and erotic scenes!!
Moving on, the author seemed surprised to see that her letter had reached about 20 sites and thinks out loud if it was a publicity stunt. Now, even if the letter is a publicity gimmick, can you on that basis ignore the issue that is raised in it? When Shehnaz in her letter narrated a few incidents from her life where she was groped, the author jumped to say that she should have complained about it. Yes, a timely complaint can solve a lot of problems but how many of us go to a police station when someone winks at us or runs away after bottom pinching? Is that even possible?
Shehnaz is not implying in the letter that NaMo or SRK or Salman are superheroes who would mend the ways of the world with a swing of their hand. She wrote clearly, these are the men in power, having a fan following, people who can make a difference. As Mr X goes on, he puts forward that a girl meeting a boy, dating him, trusting him and then getting raped by the boy is not a law and order problem. REALLY? I would not even bother to analyse that part.
According to me, Mr X here looks seriously under some inferiority complex when he wonders “have you celebrities ever sat, over a cocktail party and discussed what effect your Ads, your movies have on society?” as if he is a part of a sting operation and KNOWS that celebrities are not aware of the social problems faced by us. How can Mr X in his letter question Shehnaz, who is an actor, about the credentials of Sunny Leone? Did he expect Shehnaz to put her foot down and stop Sunny from entering the industry? Did he ever ask any other actor what credentials people like Tusshar Kapoor and Fardeen Khan have to be in the industry? How and why can Sunny Leone not be a part of the industry? He in his letter,constantly asks Shehnaz about what would she do to stop pornography or objectification of women. Is he implying that a woman, that too a celebrity can only raise voice against social evils if she has a clear agenda and plan for wiping out the evils?
He concludes by saying “zero tolerance” should be practiced by Shehnaz to start with, to put an end to the objectification of women and social evils against women. Here he is right but seems he is implying again that a woman like Shehnaz has no right to complain against any social problems because apparently, she has no understanding of the problem!
I hope Mr X understands that the problem here is much bigger than pointing fingers and playing the blame game and shooting the messenger. his letter was in no way of any use, has done nothing apart from slinging mud at a woman who wants to stand up and raise a voice against such absurdities and has completely missed out the point that Shehnaz has made.
The only good this letter has done is, it can be taken as an example of how not to treat social problems and how not to disrespect someone who raises a voice.