As a child I suffered sexual abuse: Anoushka Shankar

New Delhi, Feb 13 (PTI): Anoushka Shankar, daughter of legendary sitarist Ravi Shankar, has thrown her weight behind an online campaign demanding an end to crime against women, in the wake of the Delhi gang rape.

The 31-year-old sitarist has invited one billion women and those who love them, via the website, to walk out, "Dance, rise up, and demand" an end to this violence this Valentine's Day, February 14. "The campaign 'One Billion Rising' is a promise that we will rise up with women and men worldwide to say, 'Enough! The violence ends now'," the website said.

It also contains a video of Anoushka speaking out for women who have been victims of abuse and asking people to join the campaign. "As a child I suffered sexual and emotional abuse for several years at the hands of a man my parents trusted implicitly.

Growing up, like most women I know, I suffered various forms of groping, touching, verbal abuse and other things I didn't know how to deal with, I didn't know I could change," said the Indian composer, now living in London.

"As a woman I find I am frequently living in fear. Afraid to walk alone at night, afraid to answer a man who asks for the time... and enough is enough. I am rising, for (the Delhi rape victim) and women like her. I am rising with the amazing women of my country. I am rising for the child in me, who I don't think will ever forgive and recover from what happened to her. "So, join me, let's rise, let's dance. Dance has the power to heal, to transform. So let's transform ourselves and this world. Let's rise together," she added.


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  • Roshan Braganza, Mumbai

    Thu, Feb 14 2013

    If she is been abused , why she opens mouth now , that too after delhi incident. No wonder she joins elite club of peaple garnering TRP and public sympathy using someones name. Also strange that she fears men oogle her despite crossing middle age . One billion rising on valentines day! , so its one billion raising for men too on this day.

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  • chalama reddy, Guntur, Ap/Las Vegas

    Wed, Feb 13 2013

    I support you. The gang who raped and killed the little girl should not get a trial, but they should be shot in the central square of Delhi. Any who does this should face the same.

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  • juliet mascarenhas, Bejai/Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 13 2013

    all dance lovers men and women, come on rise and join the call given by the young Sitarist Anoushka Shankar.
    Let us dance and transform these BD's, and the dozen of wings of VHP and make this Valentines day a memorable one.

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