Actress Kalki Koechlin has proved time and again that she is not your typical Bollywood actress. At a press conference organised by actor Rahul Bose’s NGO The Foundation towards the cause of preventing Child Sexual Abuse, the ‘Dev D’ girl spoke about her horrifying experience of being sexually abused as a child.
Later, speaking to a news channel the actress spoke about the issue in detail.
“For me it’s an important issue and I wanted to talk about it. It is not about giving you my history as a person who has gone through sexual abuse but to put forward the idea. So many of us have gone through it and most of the people that I know especially close friends of mine who are women have gone through some form of CSA (child sexual abuse),” later she told a news channel.
While most actresses shy away from admitting personal secrets about their past, Kalki took this public platform to create awareness about this vicious crime that is very much rampant even today.
“Right now 53% of the nation is going through CSA that’s more than half the country and that’s only the official statistic. I think there’s a lot more happening because we know in a lot of families we brush it under the carpet and because of social, cultural pressure we don’t talk about these things,” said Kalki.
Kalki admitted that the abuse has definitely changed her as a person and opened up on how has dealt with it.
“It took me many, many years to even come and talk about it. It’s also how you choose to go ahead with it and what you choose to do with it. For me my writing and my art, my acting is therapeutic, it’s my way of releasing things out. I think everybody has different outlets as long as there are places where you can do that. Not everybody has privilege to talk about it openly.”