Bollywood actress Shahid Kapoor’s wife Mira Rajput’s controversial comment on working women had created a huge storm. During the international women’s day, Mira had stated that her baby is not a puppy to leave her alone at home and that she wants to be by her side all the time. This statement had left many working women’s angry and many even penned open letters to Mira talking about how they don’t have the luxury to afford like her to stay at home all the time with their kids.(Also Read: Shahid Kapoor Supports Wife Mira Rajput After She Faced Criticism Over Her Puppy Remark)
Many even thought that Mira’s comment was an indirect dig at Shahid’s ex-girlfriend Kareena Kapoor Khan, who also turned mother to a baby boy, Taimur Ali Khan during the same period.
Now, in a recent interview, Mira has spoken her mind out about how she was misconstrued and that she never had any intention to hurt anyone.
In a recent interview with Bombay Times, Mira opened up about the controversy. “I was just speaking my mind, my intention was not to offend or hurt anyone. Could I have chosen my words better? Maybe. But I am not a seasoned actor and I don’t know how to be politically correct. I was speaking for a section of women who aren’t given their due. For that matter, I don’t think financial independence is the only yardstick to measure feminism. Women who stay at home and take care of the children or work from home deserve to be celebrated as much. They are also feminists in their own right because they have chosen their lives… even if they have not, they are giving it their all,” she said.
She further explained, “My mom balanced her career and motherhood. There was never a time when I felt that she was not around. That’s the essence of what I was trying to say . I don’t want to cross the fine line between independence and negligence. The Bill on sixmonth paid maternity leave was passed recently and it’s to enable a woman to spend time with her baby . It’s not just for physical recovery; had that been the case, adoptive mothers wouldn’t have been eligible for it. It’s to nurture the bonding between a mother and her child. That’s all that I meant.” She added that she is entitled to have an opinion by saying, “Opinion is the fulcrum of the society. Everyone should have one, but people should also have the discretion to not shove it down somebody else’s throat. My intention was not to belittle working women, but I don’t want homemakers belittled either. There was a lot of flak, but that’s their opinion. I was just voicing mine.”
Meanwhile, there are rumors of Mira Rajput being offered for endorsements and now it remains to see if she accepts them and prove her critics wrong.