Bollywood superstar Shahid Kapoor’s wife Mira Rajput recently opened up to clarify her comments on her choice to be a stay-at-home mother.
Mira used the occasion of the recent Mother’s Day to clarify her previous statements, reported, “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,” she said in an interview.
“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 too. 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.”
Mira continued, “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.”
She also pointed out that the six-month paid maternity leave bill passed in India recently was to enable a woman to spend more time with their babies. “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 further said, “Opinion is the fulcrum of society. Everyone should have one, but people should also have the discretion to not shove it down somebody else’s throat,” she said. “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.”
Mira Rajput recently came under fire for giving a statement about being a housewife in one of her interviews. She reportedly said, “I am a homemaker and I am proud of the label. I love being home and had a difficult pregnancy and now I want to spend every moment I can with my daughter.
Her comments about being a ‘good house wife’ did not settle well with many women who took to social media to voice their opinions.