- "It is time that India stood up and said 'Me Too'," said Renuka Chowdhary
- She was responding to Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan's shocker
- "Bollywood gives work, doesn't abandon": Saroj Khan said on casting couch
"It is not just in the film industry. It happens everywhere and it is the bitter truth. Don't imagine that parliament is immune or other work places are immune to it. It is time that India stood up and said 'Me Too'," said Ms Chowdhary, whose Rajya Sabha term ended last month.
At a press conference later, she likened the concept to a woman's "privileges" being taken away for personal benefits.
"Casting couch is taking away privileges from women and using it for your personal benefit or in lieu of any compensation. My dignity as a woman was taken away in parliament, when PM spoke in a derogatory way," she said.
Saroj Khan, dance trainer to generations of leading ladies, stunned everyone at a press conference in Mumbai today with her comment describing sexual demands in exchange for work as "age-old".
Ms Chowdhary, an outspoken politician, recently raised eyebrows with her comments on rape, borrowing from one of the most iconic dialogues of the Hindi film classic "Sholay".
"No woman goes out these days. These days when girls go out and are raped, they are asked at the police station 'Kitne aadmi they,'" she said, referring to a spurt in reported child rapes and gang-rapes.
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