Sonam Kapoor is one of those Bollywood celebrities who always says it like it is and never minces her words.
This time she gives her take on censorship that is taking India by storm and has got many people talking about it. Sonam revealed to a leading daily that she is pro-choice. She explained with an example from her recent visit to Amsterdam. She found it to be one of the safest cities as everyone has a choice. She said, “Most of the Dutch people don’t smoke up because the choice is theirs and they don’t have to hide and do it. Even prostitution is legal there. And they have the least number of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) cases over there. They have the lowest crime rate because everyone has a choice and they use it responsibly; with the right precautions and safety measures.”
She reveals how her parents have never restricted her from anything and said, “My parents never stopped me from doing anything and because of that, I didn’t feel the need to do certain things. They would never say, ‘You can’t have a boyfriend’ or ‘You can’t do this or that…’ In fact, at one point, my mother asked me, ‘Why don’t you have a boyfriend?’ Because they never stopped me! So, I have had barely any linkups. And when they have happened, I have never spoken about it, but dealt with the situation in a certain way or had a certain dignity in doing things, because I was never told that’s it’s not okay to be that person.”
“A lot of my friends are in the closet and I feel like that they make certain decisions that might not be good for their mental, emotional and physical health, because they can’t be open about their lives. Hence, they can’t make informed decisions because they feel it’s illegal to be gay in our country and the right information is not available to them,” she said and added, “Information should be given and people should be more liberal in their thought process otherwise young people will be confused and hurt themselves.”
She concluded, “There are so many different types of mindsets, it’s confusing. So everything should be allowed and open. There should be freedom of press, of expression — freedom of every kind — so that people can make informed decisions.”