SRK receives human rights awareness award at World Economic Forum

Shah Rukh Khan

Davos, Jan 23: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Monday received an award at the World Economic Forum in Davos for raising awareness about human rights issues and his work for acid attacks victims.

Shah Rukh was given a Crystal Award by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in recognition of his work championing the rights of children and women in India. The actor is a founder of a non-profit foundation, which provides support to female victims of acid attacks and major burn injuries through medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training, rehabilitation and livelihood support.

It was, as he said, his “fan moment” from being feted with Crystal Award with Hollywood celebrities Cate Blanchett and Elton John, requested a selfie.

Shah Rukh received the award on Monday for his “leadership in championing children’s and women’s rights in India” with the help of Meer Foundation.

After receiving the award, SRK lauded Blanchett and John for winning a billion hearts.

Shah Rukh Khan with Sir Elton John and Cate Blanchett at WEF in Davos. (PC- Reuters)

“I am genuinely and deeply grateful for this honour and it is indeed a privilege to be in the company of two phenomenal and extraordinary human beings and talent — Cate Blanchette and Sir Elton John.

“She is of course the lady who commands the wind and you sir command the song of a billion hearts, including mine,” Shah Rukh said in his speech.

Watch Srk’s speech at World Economic Forum.

The 52-year-old requested Blanchett and John for a selfie.

“So, I am really really touched that I have been chosen between these two. Just a special request before you go… Can I do a selfie,” he said.

After that, he joked that it may leave his children embarrassed.

Shah Rukh also spoke about his social initiative via Meer Foundation, an organisation that works extensively towards empowering women subjected to acid attack.

“To disfigure a woman by throwing acid on her face is to me one of the crudest acts of subjugation imaginable. At the source of it lies the view that a woman does not have any right to assert her choice or say ‘no’ to advances by a man or a group of men.”

He said he was grateful to the brave women and children who he has worked with.

Shah Rukh also thanked his sister Shehnaz Lalarukh Khan, wife Gauri and daughter Suhana.

“I want to thank my sister, wife and my little daughter for bringing me up well and teaching me the value of requesting, sometimes imploring and sometimes even begging a yes from a women instead of forcing on her,” he said before wrapping up his speech with a “Namaskar” and “Jai Hind”.

Before the award gala, King Khan did not miss an opportunity to enjoy the cold and the snow in Davos and shared a photograph of himself with his signature open arm style.

In another post made after reaching Davos was a photograph featuring him with a pristine white snow-clad landscape as the backdrop.



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