By Pragati Pal Last Updated:
The downside of being a star kid and having a strong social media presence is the fact that you're an easy target for the trollers to bombard you with demeaning and derogatory comments over something as trivial as your clothes. Ace director, Anurag Kashyap's daughter, Aaliyah Kashyap, who is a student in New York, experienced the same when she posted some of her pictures in lingerie. Aaliyah received all kinds of hatred, name-calling, and body shaming for posting such pictures. (Recommended Read: Amrita Rao Talks About Motherhood And Reveals How Her Baby Boy Has Been Keeping Her On Her Toes)
We found a video on Aaliyah Kashyap's YouTube channel, wherein the star daughter had spoken about the same and said, "People were telling me that I should be ashamed of being Indian and posting stuff like that. People were sending me rape threats, calling me a prostitute, DMing me and asking me what my 'rate' was, sending me death threats, s**tting on my family. That whole incident of the picture got me a lot."
Now, Aaliyah Kashyap penned a long note, slamming the trollers who trolled her for posting pictures in lingerie. Her strong note could be read as "The past few weeks have been really hard on my mental health. Ever since I posted a photo of me in lingerie, I have been getting the most vile, degrading and disgusting comments. I have never felt more frightened than I have in the past few weeks to the point where I considered deleting my Instagram. I have tried to ignore the harassment and shrug it off, but the truth is we need to speak about it because these kinds of comments contribute to the rape culture that affects all women in India (and the rest of the world) in one way or the other." (Also Read: Sidharth Shukla Has A Hilarious Reaction To His Court Marriage Reports With Alleged GF Shehnaaz Gill)
Further, speaking about the irony that we hold candle marches for women after the assault but won't protect the women while they're alive. She wrote, "We seem to be a country that will hold candle marches for women after she's been sexually assaulted but won't protect a woman while she's alive. And the truth is women in India grow up being sexualised their whole lives. I have grown up with these kinds of comments to the point where it is culminated in me being sexually assaulted a minor by a middle-aged man. The double standard is that many of the people who have harassed many other women and me are hypocrites. They love to pretend that they're on moral high ground, but in reality, they're the ones promoting the rape culture that exists."
Aaliyah then explained how any woman's posts or anything she does could never be an invitation for a sexual assault. She further wrote, "They're the same men that are fine with following me and consuming the content I post, yet to harass me. If you truly disagree with what I post, then you're free to unfollow me. Nothing I do or post is an invitation for sexual assault. Nothing any woman does ever can be. So instead of policing women how to dress or how to act, we should unteach the men the predatory behaviour that has been so normalised in our society. This is my life, my body and I choose what to do with it." Aaliyah then shared the snapshots of the threats she received in her pictures. (Don't Miss: Shriram Nene Making Pizza For Madhuri Dixit And Feeding Her With His Own Hands Is Pure Couple Goals)
More power to you, Aaliyah!