Sona Mohapatra has never been known to mince her words. She’s always been bold enough to speak her mind without fear and tell it like it is. Previously, the singer wrote a striking post slamming IIT-B for asking her to ‘get a man’ to perform on stage. Further to which, she gave it back hard to a troll who tried to reason that she didn’t have enough chartbusters to be the headline act.
Sona Mohapatra recently wrote a Facebook post in which she has a lot to say about the sexual harassment allegations against TVF founder, Arunabh Kumar. She specifically addresses the question, why many of these women came forward anonymously citing her own fate after she wrote that striking open letter about the organisers of the Mood Indigo college fest.
Here’s what she has to say:
Meanwhile, I now gather from various other networks that these stories about how women were harassed in TVF have been doing the rounds for the longest time in the WhatsApp circles here in Mumbai.
So what exactly is the truth?
Just sharing some observations –
1) The first response to these allegations from the company TVF is a threat??!!
“We will leave no stone unturned to find the author of the article and bring them to severe justice for making such false allegations.”
In her original post, she continues to speak on various other topics as well. You can check that out here.
Let’s be honest. No matter how progressive a society we consider ourselves to be, a majority of our workplaces don’t promulgate the equal treatment of men and women. We still find women not being taken seriously at meetings or not receiving a professional response on emails or not having a say at all in critical decisions. This suppression could potentially develop a fear in the woman’s mind. After that, when she’s faced with an ordeal like sexual harassment, her first response is seldom to speak out about it. Which is sad.
As Sona Mohapatra changed, the way we treat women at the workplace needs to change. Gender equality in social as well as professional spheres is the need of the hour.
The post has been shortened for ease of readability