Mumbai: Hollywood actress and activist Ashley Judd was in Delhi for the World Congress against Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls where she spoke about gender discrimination that is prevalent in our society. While talking about this widespread phenomenon, the ‘Double Jeopardy’ revealed some horrific experiences from her early life.
“I was molested when I was seven years old. I was raped at 14, and then I was raped in 1998. It’s a miracle that I wasn’t trafficked,” she said.
She also pointed out that there are many loopholes in judicial systems across the world as far as law on violence against women is concerned. “If us as survivors can come together, we can create change. The onus of the crime should only go to the perpetrator. And laws should give women and girls exit strategies to get out of trafficking,” she said.
Ashley urged one and all to stand up against sexual exploitation and prostitution of women. In her heavy American accent, Judd said in Hindi, “Ab samjhauta nahi.”
Hollywood has often been accused of discriminating against women. Ashley shared, “ There is a big pay gap in Hollywood, because of gender discrimination, and my life time earnings are 40 % less than what I should have earned, had there been pay equality in the industry.”
Apart from Judd, other prominent figures also showed up for the noble cause. Chhattisgarh politician Soni Sori and author Rachael Moran were also present at the meet.