Women’s safety has become a crisis: Swara Bhaskar

Swara Bhaskar has spoken in detail about the consequences faced by victims in the Unnao and Chinmayanand cases and raised a serious question on women’s safety.

The actress said, “Women’s safety has become a crisis in India. We have a situation where at least three high profile members, who hold elected office are accused of rape. In the case of Unnao and Chinmayanand, the victims have had to face serious personal consequences for reporting rape. This is an alarm for our entire society. We need our lawmakers to walk the talk with regards to women’s safety.”

Swara has schooled a troll on Twitter, who made fun of an alleged rape survivor. Swara took to the micro-blogging site and reacted to the news, stating that the girl, who alleged rape by BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand, has been taken into custody.

She wrote, ‘Beti inhi sey bachao!!!! SHAME!!!!’ To which, one of the Twitter users who go by the name Sandeep, commented, ‘Iska bhi kar diya kya’, with a smiley emoji at the end. Swara was quick to react and wrote that he should not make fun of rape, as it is a heinous crime, and he should remember his mother, who is also a woman. The Twitter user later deleted his tweet.

The actress also shared how she was trolled after tweeting her opinion. “I tweeted regarding the same and one user/ troll made fun of the victim’s ordeal by asking if I was raped as well, with a smile at the end of the sentence. I reacted by using an expletive because I feel that sometimes people who use abusive language or try to slut shame women by cracking rape jokes need to be reminded that women can swear as well,” she said.

Best known for her supporting work in mainstream productions and starring roles in independent films, Swara has won two Screen Awards and has been nominated Filmfare Award on three occasions.

Swara, the daughter of naval officer Commodore Chitrapu Uday Bhaskar (Retd.), was born and raised in Delhi. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Delhi, she enrolled herself at the Jawaharlal Nehru University to complete her master’s in Sociology.

She made her film debut with a supporting role in the 2009 drama Madholal Keep Walking, a commercial failure. She achieved wider recognition for her supporting role of a bride-to-be in the commercially successful romantic comedy Tanu Weds Manu (2011). Her performance in the film was well received by critics and she garnered a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination.