is known for speaking her mind publicly. The actress never shies away from sharing her thoughts on any topic.
During her recent interview with the Femina magazine, Sonam narrated the incident when she was molested. She was just thirteen years old when the horrific incident took place. She had even complained about it to her school teachers, but no one helped her! Instead, they brushed it off saying that it's not molestation and that it happens all the time.
The reason of negligence in her case she believes is a lack of sex education in schools.
She explained, "Before I became a celebrity, I was just a regular pretty girl in public. This happened when I was at a movie hall. I was groped by a guy who I couldn't see in the dark. I was only 13 years old and deeply disturbed by the whole episode. I remember going to my teacher and school counsellor, and telling them about it. They said that everybody is groped; that groping is not molestation. They thought rape was molestation. Even at 13 I knew what it was that if somebody gropes you or squeezes your breasts, it is molestation. I spoke to my mum about it in order to deal with it."
Speaking about the bad state of sex education in schools, she said, "The level of awareness in our schools is so low; there is no sex education and teachers are not equipped to handle such cases. Our education system just does not know any better. Girls slip into depression. They blame themselves and it's a horrible place to be in. It's important for all of us to know that be it India or any other country, there is no safe haven for women. Somebody can grab your behind in a nightclub or a crowd and you need to know that it's serious, it's molestation."
We too agree with Sonam and pray that someday the scenario changes and molestation stops forever. Sex education should be made compulsory in schools and colleges. We all should give in our bit to make our country a safe place for everyone.
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