John Abraham joins campaign against acid attacks
Bollywood hunk John Abraham revealed his softer side when he went to meet acid attack victims in New Delhi on June 10th. The actor has joined a campaign called 'Mission Tezaab' which will help the attack victims to rehabilitate. 'Mission Tezaab' is part of a large social campaign called 'Voice of Change' organized in association with the popular radio station, Fever 104 FM. The campaign will help promote positive social changes to make India a better place. John Abraham interacted with the victims, praised their courage and also spoke with the media.
Speaking at the event, the actor stressed the need of stricter laws and at the same time asked people not to get gender biased and called for basic change of mindset. He also reminded political leaders of their responsibility while making comments about women’s safety because their words have influence on society. He said, "The political leaders are public figures and their statement makes a huge difference." He went on to add, "It's very important to respect a woman, but we men tend to forget that. So, it is very important that parents should teach their sons to be courteous towards them. The way a father treats his wife, his son also follows the same."
The muscular actor wants to use the reaching power of media to send messages to the proper authorities and try to reduce the problems plaguing the Indian society. India is one of the countries where a high number of acid attacks take place every year. In 2002 only, the number of registered attacks was 496. An increase in awareness and regular campaign has had some effect and in the years 2010 to 2012, the number reduced and became 225. However there is still a long way to go before this social evil is eradicated forever.
John Abraham is very active in social and health awareness causes. He is an active campaigner for ‘People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA). In 2013, he wrote a letter to the then Environment and Forests minister, Jayanthi Natarajan and requested her to make Indian circuses animal free. On the professional front he is busy with the film ‘Dostana 2’ a sequel to his 2008 hit film. His last film was the critically acclaimed political thriller ‘Madras Café’ in 2013 which he also produced. His debut film as producer, ‘Vicky Donor’ was also very successful both critically and commercially.