Mumbai: BJP MP from Mumbai North, Poonam Mahajan, said on Sunday that every Indian woman, including herself, was sexually harassed at some stage. Speaking at The Red Brick Summit at the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A), Mahajan said that self-pity should not be the response to such experiences.
“I used to take a train to my classes in Versova from Worli,” Mahajan said. “I could not afford to travel by car at the time. But I did not feel self-pity that someone was looking at me in a disagreeable way. Every woman on this planet, especially in India, has faced that.” She went to say: “Every Indian woman has had remarks passed about her or has been touched inappropriately.” Mahajan was speaking on the theme ‘Breaking the Glass-Ceiling’.
Mahajan, the president of the Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha, later said: “Men can afford mediocrity in politics but women cannot.” She said that mediocrity does not suit women. “We need strength and we have shown that,” said Mahajan, the daughter of the late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan.