In view of the recent intruder attack on actress Shruti Haasan, firebrand Poonam Pandey says that unwanted male attention is nothing new to her. “I faced it when I was just an ordinary girl, a non-entity. I face it now when I am a known face,” she says. The actress says that she has got used to pretending that such attention doesn’t bother her. “But the fact is, I get very rattled from inside. I hide my fear at unwanted attention so that the intruder doesn’t feel even more encouraged,” she says adding that attack on celebrities comes in notice like Shruti’s but common women face these problems almost everyday. “I shudder to think what they go through every day.
As for me, I think a lot of men think women who are controversial and comfortable with their bodies are easy preys. They tend to look at me as someone whom they can take liberties with,” she says. So what precautions she takes? “While travelling, I am especially scared of what can happen, although I have bouncers with me at all times. When I am staying at hotels I ask my bouncers to stay as close to my room as possible because there are always drunk men knocking at 3 am on my door. Just because I am a known figure doesn’t mean I am more safe/unsafe than the girl who travels wearing a salwaar-kameez to work. Every girl in the country is unsafe.”