Akshay Kumar is one of those actors in the industry who often talks about social issues that we hesitate to even discuss. He encourages people to come out and speak out about their problems, instead of just living with them.
He actively takes parts in seminars where you will find him talking about self-defence, women's safety, and children's problems as well as encouraging people that they talk for help.
But, this time he went a step further and spoke about an incident that happened to him when he was just six.
It takes a lot of courage to talk about something as sensitive as this. Akshay Kumar revealed that he was molested by a liftman at the age of 6. At an international conference on Human Trafficking, he took a page out of his life and shared it with everyone in order to raise awareness about sexual harassment and abuse.
He said, “When I was a child, my parents always encouraged me to speak to them frankly about everything. Whether it was discussing a sexual issue or inappropriate behaviour, I was asked to come home and talk frankly.”
This incident affected him so much that he has to share it on this platform. “The cops took action and the man was arrested. I was a shy kid and was relieved that I could speak about this to my parents. But even today, I find it difficult to say the word ‘bum'. We must encourage women and children to speak up and tell their families if they encounter anything strange so that they can be protected and empowered.”
In a country where molestation and rapes happen every few minutes, it is important someone talks about it and gives it the required importance, instead of brushing it aside.
In the past, other celebrities like Kalki Koechlin, Swara Bhaskar, Sonam Kapoor and other have also opened about their traumatic past. This actually starts a much needed debate regarding these sensitive topics and gives people the push they need to talk about such issues as well.
Much power to Akshay Kumar who decided to stand up and speak up about something as crucial as this. We salute him!