#Metoo India: Abused At 5, Raped at 14, Says Salman Khan's Ex Somy Ali
Somy Ali, actor Salman Khan’s former partner, has reiterated her personal story concerning having faced sexual abuse, amid the ongoing #MeToo movement in India. She has written an emotional Instagram post saluting ‘all those that have spoken up.’
“As a survivor of sexual abuse at the age of 5 and rape at 14, I would like to salute all those that have spoken up and plan on doing so. I know it is very difficult to do it because I have been there and it took me many years to be able to talk about it. It takes an immense amount of courage to share this with the world. It’s even harder when you tell those that are close to you and they are supposed to protect you, yet they do nothing. I have been there too and it hurts like hell. But I want these survivors to know it is truly liberating and completely worth it. Do not let the nonbelievers stop you. This is your truth. Do not ever be afraid to speak your truth. Do not let this opportunity pass you. This is a moment that has been long overdue for all of us. This is your chance to be heard and finally obtain justice. I believe you,” she wrote.
Hitlist in an earlier interview had quoted Somy as the spoken language, “I was sexually molested by a house-help when I was just 5. 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 further mentioned that the social climate was such at the time that abuse altogether forms was brushed beneath the floor covering. “I grew up amidst an environment of force in India and lots 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 Ali, who hails from India, had initially displayed concerning her past in 2015. She entered the movie industry within the early ‘90s, however, left many years later for Florida, wherever she founded her NGO, No More Tears.
Several outstanding Bollywood personalities such as Director Subhash Ghai, Rajat Kapoor, Sajid Khan and actors like Nana Patekar and Alok Nath are named in India’s #MeToo movement. Action has already been initiated against a number of the alleged. whereas investigations begin in some cases, Sajid Khan has quit his duties as director on Housefull 4, with star Akshay Kumar announcing that the production has been halted until the matter has been looked into.