New Delhi, Oct 4 : After Big B’s grand letter to his grand -daughters, Bollywood Actor Farhan Akhtar now writes a letter to his daughter on Sexual Assault On Women and Rape.
Recently , celebs have been raising their concerns about their children being a responsible parent, against rape, sexual assault, the good and the bad touch. The movie ‘pink’ may sound girlie, pink being woman’s favourite colour, but the color represents the opposite. But a round of applause to Big B for highlighting the crucial pain woman go through society.
In an eight part series called ‘Let’s Talk Rape’ by Hindustan Times, actor Farhan Akhtar has written a powerful letter to his daughter about his inhibitions as a father.
He wrote, “How do I even start writing to you about sexual violence and rape? My instinct, any father’s instinct, is to protect and nurture, but it is an issue that we must confront and discuss. Let me start, dear child, by quoting from a poem I wrote after the brutal murder of a sprightly lawyer of my team in 2013. You were too young then, only 12, and all I wanted was to see you smile and feel brave and invincible like you did. The attempted rape and murder was too dark a subject for me to bring up then.”
He then goes on to write, “Now, you’re 16 and I can read the questions in your mind. Yes, the same questions that I find myself asking:”, followed by the poem he penned:
What is this country that I live in?
That takes away her right to love
Brutalises her with an iron glove
Rapes her without fear
of there being justice for her tear…
…what do I tell my daughter?
That she’s growing up to be lamb for the slaughter
we’ve got to make a change
Reboot, reformat, rearrange,
and never give in
no matter how much our head may spin
Just keep asking the question
What is this country that I live in?”
He goes on with questions like…….
“Why can’t I wear what I want to wear? Why can’t I pick my identity? Why can’t I be free in the true sense of the word free?” which are bound to haunt his young daughter.
“Yes, in Bollywood Yet, as a father, I can’t put my head in the sand because there are certain realities around us. We live in an unsafe, largely unequal world . We have never told you what not to wear or not go out. You can have blue hair if that’s what you want. You are growing to be a confident, independent and conscious young woman. You’ve spoken to me about the movies our industry makes, about how women are sometimes portrayed as ‘objects’ and I’ve always tried to answer your questions,” reads his letter.
On the letter, he mentions to his daughter about the kind of films he and his sister, Zoya Akhtar have been working.
You and I have always had open conversations. We’ve always understood the importance of communication. I do worry about you when you’re out as any father would do. But like all fathers, I want you to remember that through your journey in life, you have a friend in me. You must always chase your dreams and live your life with freedom. Of course, be safe. You know what save is. Have your wits about you. Be smart and be in control of yourself.
.…….I understand you little girl
Your rage, your surprise
Your confusion about the beast in human disguise
I stand with you, little girl, I stand with you