Kalki Koechlin was sexually abused
actor Kalki Koechlin shared her experience of sexually abused as a child. She broke
the silence on child sexual abuse and shared her own experience. When Kalki
was asked about her experience , she said, “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
So it's just so out there, so much of it that I think it's not something that should be ignored. 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”.
Kalki feels CSA should be discussed in a wide platform and
should be a subject in educational institutions. Kalki said, “So for me it was
important to mention that but I don't think public platform is the only way to
talk about CSA. I think sometimes it's important to speak about it, break the
silence, other times its important to have a place to go to where you can trust
somebody whether it be a psychiatrist, a family member, or a social set-up, an
organization which helps when you talk about these things or your school or your
The problem is that we don't have these trusted areas to go. And the problem about talking about it publicly is that there's also the danger of it becoming a shocking headline.
Somebody who has gone through CSA is not a headline, that's a reality they have lived with all of their life so it has to be much deeper than that, there has to be other ways of expressing it, talking about it and of course the government support and laws implemented”.
“But before anything happens, the question I want to raise is why are people doing this? Why is somebody you are close to abusing you in the first place? I think there's a social question there - of repression, of not being able to express things and it's really important that we address that as well. An awareness that we talk about, something that Rahul said. There's an analogy, if a child has a broken arm he is able to talk to his parents. Similarly a child who has been abused should be able to talk about it and get rid of that taboo”, the actress added.