#MeToo: ‘Fortunate that my name didn’t come out’ says Shatrughan Sinha

Several women came out with their stories of sexual harassment and rape by actors and filmmakers from the industry after the #MeToo movement hit the Bollywood last year.

The Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha on Wednesday said he is lucky that he hasn’t been outed in the #MeToo movement despite everything that he has done and even requested that if anyone wants to say anything about him, please don’t say.

The Bharatiya Janata Party leader at an event stated that “Today is the time of #MeToo, and there shouldn’t be any shame or hesitation to say that behind a successful man’s fall is a woman. Behind the troubles and infamy of successful men, there have been mostly women that I’ve seen in this movement.”

He further added that “I really call myself fortunate that in today’s times, despite everything that I have done, my name hasn’t come out in the #MeToo movement. Hence, I listen to my wife and often take her as a shield with me so that even if there’s nothing, I can show that I am happily married, my life is good.”

Responding to a question whether he was making fun of the movement, he stated that it should be taken in right humour and don’t take it otherwise. He said “Please take it with a plain sense of humour. I highly appreciate and applaud the women, who, better late than never, have come forward… I salute their courage and guts.”

He added that “I don’t want to go further at this hour because it’s a book launch event and we should not cross our limits. But having said this, I understand what you are saying and I am highly supportive of what you said.”