In a heartbreaking interview with a publication, veteran actress Daisy Irani recounted her experience of being raped at the age of six by a man who was her guardian –
The man who did this was supposed to be my guardian. He accompanied me to a film shoot (Hum Panchhi Ek Dal Ke) in Madras. One night in the hotel room he violated me, hit me with a belt and warned me that he would kill me if I ever told anyone about what had happened.
Daisy was compelled to talk about her childhood trauma after witnessing the growth of the number of children working in films, TV and reality shows. She felt that her story could be served as a cautionary tale to parents, guardians, and mentors to keep a protective eye on their wards.
Her nephew Farhan Akhtar was understandably affected by her interview. He posted the link on Twitter with an important message –
Heartbroken upon reading this article but proud that my aunt #DaisyIrani spoke up. It’s tragic to see parents push their kids to breaking point in order to achieve success vicariously through them. This should serve as wake up call for the film & TV industry. Be aware. Be warned. https://t.co/8ONbHJ21lG
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) March 23, 2018
More power to Daisy.