Why Should I Hide My Face, Varnika at ‘We the Women’ on Stalking
Varnika Kundu and her father VS Kundu with Barkha Dutt at ‘We the Women’.
Varnika Kundu and her father VS Kundu with Barkha Dutt at ‘We the Women’.(Photo courtesy: Facebook)

Why Should I Hide My Face, Varnika at ‘We the Women’ on Stalking

On Sunday, the ‘We the Women’ summit at Mumbai’s Mehboob studio had a session on ‘Standing Up to Stalking’. During the session, Varnika Kundu, an RJ in Chandigarh along with her father VS Kundu spoke to Barkha Dutt about bravely taking on a BJP leader’s son who stalked and chased her when she was heading home.

After a complaint and FIR by Varnika, the police apprehended the two and during the investigation found out that the accused and his friend were under the influence of alcohol during the time of the incident.

At the session, Varnika spoke in detail about the incident and what she went through after it:

I always thought Chandigarh was on of the safest places in the country. It was home, we always felt it was so small, no matter where I am in the city, within a 5 minute radius there would always be some I know and someone who could come and help me out. But at 12.30 am there was not really a lot of people around.
Varnika Kundu
Being a woman, especially in India, I am sure every woman has faced some sort of harassment or the other. It’s become so normalised that rage comes much much later. Everyone’s first reaction is relief that it was just that and not more.
Varnika Kundu
Varnika Kundu speaking at the event.
Varnika Kundu speaking at the event.
(Photo courtesy: Facebook)
If I had not complained I would have spent a very long time being afraid of something like this happening again or of these guys doing the same thing with many others.
Varnika Kundu
As a father of two daughters, whenever I read news about rapes, the thought crosses my mind, what if something like this happens to my daughters. And I have always found it surprising why are rape victims the subject of shame at all?
VS Kundu

You can watch the entire session here:

(The Quint has collaborated with senior advocate Kamini Jaiswal and MP Dr Shashi Tharoor to propose an amendment to the law which would make stalking a non-bailable offence, which has been submitted as a private member’s bill to Parliament. We have also partnered with Varnika Kundu to spearhead the petition for us. If you believe in the cause, sign our petition.)