Their own mothers must not have been respected: Rani

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Mumbai, March 10 -- Rani Mukerji says she isn't shocked by comments from one of the convicts in the 2012 Delhi gang-rape case and the defence lawyers, in a British film-maker's documentary on the incident.

"I'm sure these men have grown up in families where their own mothers must not have been respected by their fathers. He must not have given her a chance to speak up. So, when these men see young women go out and pursue their dreams, they are stuck in their own concocted beliefs," she explains, referring to the fact that these men put the blame for their crime on the victim.

Rani rues that these days, distrust prevents families from sending their daughters out the way her parents did when she was younger. "Today, people are paranoid, and rightly so. There is so much negativity, and you can't trust anybody. You don't know in which nook or corner there may be a frustrated person who feels it's okay to take advantage of a girl travelling alone," she says.

The actor adds that this picture of India often ends up getting highlighted abroad. "When I travel and people talk to me, as an Indian I feel that so many good things about our country don't get discussed. There is going to be good and bad everywhere," she says.

Rani recently became the first Bollywood personality to be honoured by the Institute of Gender Justice for her contribution to cinema and for creating awareness about child trafficking through her film, Mardaani (2014). She adds, "When I met a hero like Kailash Satyarthi (Nobel laureate), he told me that my fight looked absolutely real. That is what gives us more courage to fight this battle. That is my real victory."