Salman Khan’s ex-flame Somy Ali was sexually abused

Former actress and social worker Somy Ali penned her autobiography where she wrote about her childhood, teenage, her crush with Bollywood actor Salman Khan and most importantly her NGO, No More Tears (NMT). In an exclusive interview with hitlist from the US, Somy Ali revealed how she was sexually abused by her domestic help when she was a child.

Somy reveals how she was molested as a child. "I was sexually assaulted by a house-help when I was just five. When I am invited for a talk at high schools and universities in the US, I share this with the students. I believe sharing my personal experiences would encourage others to speak out and not be ashamed about being a victim," she adds.

Speaking about the environment in which she grew up, Somy Ali said, "I grew up amidst an atmosphere of domestic violence in Pakistan and many of my mom's friends were victims of physical abuse as well. When I would ask my mom about the bruises on their bodies, I was always told that X aunty or Y aunty fell down the stairs. This was the standard, universal euphemism for physical abuse".

Somy returned home after breaking up with Salman Khan and registered NMT in 2006 to help victims of abuse brought to the US from around the world.

Her parents are supportive of her work, but are worried about the risks involved in working in such a sensitive field. She says: "They are severely concerned about the dangers related to rescuing victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. I am dealing with abusers who inevitably see me in court when I accompany the victims. The risks are there when it comes to this line of work. There is not much one can do to escape it. My goal is to eradicate the stigma attached to being a victim of sexual and physical abuse and by sharing my personal story and stories of those NMT has rescued, I hope many others will speak out against their oppressors."

Somy Ali is sure there are victims in India and Pakistan but hestitant to speak up, "I am certain there are many men, women and children in both Pakistan and India who have been victims of sexual violence, but are afraid to speak up. The issue that we need to tackle is the re-victimisation of victims," she suggests.

Somy also speaks about her first crush with Salman Khan, "People found my life story people interesting as well as insane, especially how I went to India at the age of 16 after seeing Maine Pyar Kiya (1989). I had a dream about marrying Salman the night I saw the film. I woke up and ran around the house looking for a suitcase and told my mom how I needed to move to India to marry an actor I had dreamt of. She was initially angry, but later I convinced her and the rest is history. We are precocious in our teenage years and quite ridiculous as well," she chuckles.

Clarifying reports of the infamous incident when Salman smashed a cola bottle on her head when she was dating the actor, Somy said "No, if he had done that, I would have been hospitalised and bleeding profusely. He was not happy because I was trying alcohol for the first time, so in his frustration, he poured the drink all over the table."