Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam president Kamal Haasan drew flak in social media from women activists for a tweet that mentioned ‘dignity and equipoise are more important to your protection and empowerment’.
On Sunday, the actor tweeted: ‘Dignity and equipoise are important to your protection and empowerment. With the above qualities, your self-defence can become non-violent.
When non-violence meets violence, there is no combat; clearly, the criminal is exposed. Your confidence can do more damage than pepper spray’.
Haasan was responding to a video posted by Sneha Mohandoss, state secretary of his party’s Women’s Task Force and founder of FoodBank India.
She posted a video displaying her skills with nunchaku and wrote that feeling confident in ‘your ability to protect yourself empowers you to live with less fear and more freedom’.
Miffed at the actor-politician’s statement, several Twitter users called out his sexist remarks.
‘Never meet your heroes or follow them on social media. They’ll suddenly say absolute shit like this and expose their male privilege,’ a social media user wrote.
Congress leader Lakshmi Ramachandran, too, rubbished the ‘dignity’ argument offered by the male politician. ‘What are you saying, Sir? I will do anything to save myself and loved ones from getting harmed by a criminal/murderer/rapist. Dignity my foot!’ she tweeted.