Shenaz Treasury
Shenaz Treasury

Actress Shenaz Treasurywala has written an open letter to Narendra Modi, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Anil Ambani appealing against rapes in India. Read on:

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Dear Narendra Modi, Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Anil Ambani,

I am writing to YOU specifically because you are the most powerful and influential MEN in our country.

I am writing to you as a woman who grew up in a middle class family in Mumbai.

I am writing to YOU for HELP!

My parents may not like me saying this. I apologize to them if they are reading but this is NOT MY SHAME. It’s THIER SHAME.

My first experience with the opposite sex, was when I was just 13 and groped by a man (never saw his face but will never forget his hand) while walking in the vegetable market with my mom. She had just given me the worst haircut and as an angry teenager I was upset at her and was lagging behind as she walked ahead. I still remember what I was wearing. It was her dress, mustard with flowers and little bow in the front. How I hate that dress! As if, it was the dress’s fault.

I was shocked at first. Speechless. He disappeared. I just stood there. Tears started pouring out of my innocent eyes. I told my mom who went mad screaming in the market but who knew where that man disappeared to. I still remember the dirty feeling I had and the number of times I showered in my grand-mom’s bathroom after. That feeling never went away.

Since then it was non-stop. I would try to articulate this to my parents and while my mom understood, my dad and uncles told me I was imagining it. Maybe they just couldn’t deal with it. CAN YOU?

When I was 15, I started going by train and bus to St. Xaviers’ College. I was groped and touched and from all angles and this was just how I grew up. Not Just Me but MOST INDIAN WOMEN who don’t have the luxury of cars and drivers.

As a teenager I would dream of and still sometimes dream that I had a machine gun and could kill all the men who tried to grope me. A very disturbing dream for a kid, don’t you think?

I got my first assignment as a model in the FYJC and I had to go to screen-tests straight from college. So I had to dress nice, didn’t make it any easier. I specifically remember the time I went for an audition in a red body suit and a black long skirt with slits. It was HELL! I never wore that again. As if it was the dress’s fault.

I developed ways to defend myself, I always carried a bag in front of me, my fist was always clenched, I always turned around every 20 seconds to check who was behind me and a few times I slapped men who touched me, I got slapped back many times too. Sometimes saved by the public, MOST TIMES NOT.

My mom begged me not to pick fights with men who touched me, she was afraid of acid being thrown at me or that somebody someday would hurt me badly. She is STILL AFRAID and today she told me not to take an UBER to my meeting tomorrow. Hell ya. BAN UBER! Make everyone take responsibility for this.

My sister got into Sophia’s college, we were all excited. She went by bus but the first day she came home, she sobbed traumatized. A man had put his hand in her tee-shirt through her sleeve, the entire bus ride. She just froze. She was a kid too and wasn’t equipped to even understand this. I was LIVID. I’m sorry sis for telling the world this, please don’t stop speaking to me. IT’S NOT Our Shame. It’s THEIRS!

One of my friends in college was RAPED on the train on her way home in the ladies compartment. She was sick and was going home in the 11:15 break. There was nobody in the first class compartment going back to Bandra at that time, it was a superfast meaning it didn’t stop at most stations. He raped her and then jumped off after using her scrunchy (hair tie) to wipe himself. She was the only one on the train and had to limp her way back to her home in Bandra, bleeding profusely. She was just 16. This she felt was her shame so she did not say anything to anyone.

BUT IT ISN’T HER SHAME, it’s THEIR SHAME.

My mom accompanied me to Hyderabad on a shoot once. In churi bazaar, a cyclist groped My MOM. My dear respected and lovely MOM.

Sorry Mom, IT’S NOT Our Shame, It’s THEIR SHAME.

Why am I telling you my personal story?

Well first I want all women to Speak Up.

Let’s make this our MOTTO-

It’s not OUR SHAME, it’s THEIR SHAME.

Who are “THEY”?

“THEY” ARE THE MEN IN OUR COUNTRY.

Not just the rapists and the sexual offenders and gropers but also our Fathers (sorry dad) and Uncles and Brothers and MOVIE STARS AND CRICKETERS AND POLITICIANS for not SAVING US or PROTECTING US by insisting and protesting for the LAWS TO CHANGE and Rapists and Gropers to BE PUNISHED SEVERELY!

Why do we as women have to feel so threatened? WHY has there been no severe action taken? This has gone on for years now. Not just in Delhi but all over our country and yes even in BOMBAY OR MUMBAI OR Whatever the hell you want to call it! It’s NOT SAFE. NO!

My biggest fear ever since I was kid and even today when I walk back home at night from yoga or when I take a rickshaw from a friend’s home is being RAPED. I still feel that fear. I am still am on guard. I still fantasize of having that MACHINE GUN.

In the past 4 years I have been living and working half in India and half in New York and let me tell you I have walked the streets of Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn (perceived as the most dangerous in NYC) at3am after parties in short skirts and felt safer than I feel in Bandra at 10 pm on a quiet road fully covered. WHY??

Let’s talk about Delhi our Capital. I was there 2 days ago and the day of the rape. I wanted to go out and walk by India Gate and admire our great monuments but could I?! Why??

What good are all your speeches in the US or Japan or AUSTRALIA- NAMO, if no woman can walk freely in the streets even in broad daylight by herself in the CAPITAL OF OUR COUNTRY. Isn’t this a SHAME? SHAME ON YOU SIR.

This is our NO1 issue. FIX THIS before anything else.

This is a SHAME. And it’s YOUR SHAME. You are now RESPONSIBLE FOR US.

I beg all of you fine gentlemen that I have addressed to help change the LAW.

You are powerful men. I say, SHAME and PUNISH THE Gropers and Sexual offenders severely. KILL THE RAPISTS.

I won’t ask for public castration which is what I want and all the women want because I know this is unrealistic and things move SO DAMN SLOW in our FINE NATION.

All I ask for is the -Death Penalty Please. NOW! QUICK!

If that’s too hard or will take too long then at least LIFE IMPRISONMENT.

Put them away forever.

Why was this man who had raped twice before out on bail?

And then given a drivers license? YES, BAN UBER TOO. Make everyone responsible.

I’m ready to do anything. I’m not a big enough celeb but you Sachin Tendulkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Sharukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Anil Ambani SIRS- need to speak up as MEN ( you are the men with the power)

SAVE US!

Please demand the Death Sentence for the Rapists.

NO BAIL. Just Death.

Superstars I beg you, please take a stand. Use your Superstardom and Power and MONEY and save the women of our country. SAVE US!

I urge you to protest or go on a fast or do something DRASTIC so people take notice, the government wakes up and CHANGES the LAW so these men are terrified to touch us.

Death to rapists. No bail. Just death.

Imagine Amitabh Bachchan Sir, Aamir Khan, Salmaan Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Ambani- if you went on a fast or walked to the Rashrtrapati In Delhi. If you, took this stand and made this YOUR NO 1 issue, how much change there would be?!

Why should we as women feel so unsafe in our motherland?!

Why should we as women be terrified and on guard all the time.

Why was this man out on bail after committed two rapes already ?

Make an Example Of Him.

Any man who even touches a woman should be imprisoned for life.

Be strict, make examples of these men, scare those who dare to touch us.

SCARE THEM BY MAKING AN EXAMPLE OUT OF THEM.

SAVE US, Save your mother, daughter, sister please!

This is NOT OUR SHAME.

THIS IS YOURS.

SHAME ON YOU.

Don’t sleep till you- SAVE YOUR WOMEN!

With all respect,

Shenaz Treasury

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82 COMMENTS

  1. Jab tak inke gharke kisi ladki ke sath rape nahi hota ye kuch nahi karenge. Sab loosers hai. Inhe desh ke aam aadmi se kuch lena dena nahi. Agar karodo rupaye do to hi bolenge.

  2. well, its not wise to say that I can understand your pain and anger which you have kept for so long. Because no one else can imagine what a person has been going through except him/her. But Shehnaz, with due respect you are getting to emotional and unpractical. If government will give Death sentence to people who are touching girls. Than every other women can blame any man only to take out some personal grudge. Every law which has been made to developed the country has a profound thought by understanding its pros and cons to the society. Otherwise things will be same here in India as they are in Pakistan due to so called Blasphemy law. Yes, Punishment is necessary! Women Protection is and should be the main thing to emphasize on in India today. But I am sure, that things will improve soon. These things take time I am sure the government must be doing something about it. But as a responsible citizen keep your emotions aside and think practically. Openly accusing to such prolific personalities to shame on them, would not lead you or any other women to justice. Use a proper medium, take stand, don’t listen to your mom, tell your sister to file a complain and if police is not doing anything protest and make sure you will not stop until you seek justice.

    • I do understand your thoughts. While Shehnaz is completely right in her frustration and anger, how exactly do we go about differentiating a man in a local train being pushed on to a girl and a man intentionally trying to touch her. How will the innocent man prove it. I think the answer lies in your inner thinking. As long as a man doesnt see a woman as a object, sees her as a equal and treats with the same respect every individual deserves, we should be fine. It takes time for this to happen but till that happens there needs to be a stricter law. Look at her article. Today these crimes have become so common, that whenever in India a man in a local train touches a woman(by mistake or not), by default she thinks that was intentional(and she is not to be blamed here). There needs to be a change in the way we see the opposite sex and that trust which is lacking now will build slowly leading to a day when every woman will feel safe in our country

    • Dear Shenaz Treasurywala,

      First of all I would like to thank you for your bold words.

      While I have read your open letter to several personalities I thought about what for a strong woman you are and how much courage it needs to expose your personal story and the story of your family and friends to the public. You truly deserve the respect from all Indian and Non-Indian people.

      Sexual assault should be punished with life imprisonment. Death sentence would be to less. The victims have to live with the shame and the mental pain their whole life too. Why should the offender receive a sentence which execution takes only a few moments?

      The type of clothing a woman wears is never an excuse for such cruelty. Do we have to be dressed in sackcloth because some men are not able to control themselves??? And please dear men don’t say that this is written in several holy books. It’s not a matter of religion. It’s a matter of self-control and humanity.

      Sexual abuse has nothing to do with power. It is just weakness lived on the lowest level. I request every man around the world to take care of girls and women. Please treat us with respect!!!

      Shenaz ji, I am not able to take away your fear, pain, tears and anger but there is one thing I can do and that is to SPEAK UP! I wish you, your family and friends all the best in life and hope someday you will overcome all the cruelty what happened to you.

      Lots of Love from Germany

    • Dear Jay,
      Did you read the letter carefully? She wrote, “Please demand the Death Sentence for the Rapists.
      NO BAIL. Just Death.”

      • Dear Lydia
        I read the article carefully and she herself mentioned Death Sentence several times. What shehnaz has been through is very painful, no words to explain her feeling, Accepted!! But tell me one thing why she has taken the step of writing to giants of India. Is she aware of the fact that these celebs are doing nothing about it? Did she already talked to them? Does she have any idea what she is trying to do in her life? if she is that much worried about the Indian culture than why she didn’t stay here in India and try to improve things instead of moving to new york? Why she didn’t take any stand about these things when happened to her or to her sister? I tell you why? I apologies if I am hurting someone that she is doing only to promote her movie, she is trying to get attention and these kinds of act on public podium will help her to gain relatively better business so she can fulfill her plans of becoming a producer. I am extremely sorry I am not hurting somebody’s ethics and morals and openly accusing her of being publicity starved. But the situation is explaining something else. I live in Colaba, Mumbai, I have three sisters, things like that do happen and trust me I do take action. Keeping your mouth shut is a stupid idea to create a better country. Running away from such things is also a bad idea. Yes My mom told me not to do anything about it as things get weird and they might effect your sisters relations and Aurat ki Izzat hamara samajh all bulshit, they are from old school they think like that. BUt we have to take stand not like shehnaz. I can just see a person who is using the situation to get the best possible benefit by making all us indian emotional and thats it. Sorry again if hurt you Lydia in any which way. I am just giving my opinion, you have a full right to disagree

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