It seems like the #MeToo movement in Bollywood is in full swing as more and more women stepping up and sharing their horrifying experiences.
Well now, Salman Khan’s ex-flame Somy Ali has shared her own experience of harassment. She reveals that she was sexually assaulted at the age of 5.
In an interview, she 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.”
She further shared her horrific encounter of sexual abuse when she was just five, “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.”
Meanwhile, in the last few weeks, since the time Tanushree Dutta came out with details of harassment she faced on the sets of a 2008 film, Horn OK Pleassss, at the hands of veteran actor Nana Patekar, scores of women have spoken up in what is being seen as India’s #MeToo.