Celebrated Bollywood star Aamir Khan joined Iraqi-American humanitarian Zainab Salbi on the opening night of Tina Brown‘s 6th annual Women in the World Summit in New York City yesterday to discuss women’s issues in India, a topic he has helped make a national conversation through three seasons of his hit TV show Satyamev Jayate, or Truth Alone Triumphs.
Excerpts from Women in the World:
Masculinity was an equally challenging topic. “Unless we redefine what it is to be a man, things aren’t going to change. Is a real man a protector or someone who goes and beats people up?” he asked, adding that rigid gender roles should be abandoned and male sensitivity encouraged. “You cannot raise a boy telling him not to cry. You are in effect distancing him from emotion and then you are surprised when he grows up and beats his wife.”
“The balance of power in India needs to change. Unless conviction becomes swift, certain things are not going to change and as a society we have to shun the rapist and hold the survivor close.”