Kalki Koechlin has revealed that she was sexually abused as a child and also opened up on why she'd never discussed this earlier.
In a conversation with NDTV, Kalki said, "The reason you haven't heard about it is that I don't like to talk about it. For me, it's not a one day headline, it's something that's a reality I have lived with for a long time. Many of us have gone through it and most of the people that I know, especially close friends of mine who are women, have gone through some form of CSA (child sexual abuse). It's just so out there, so much of it that I think it's not something that should be ignored."
During the talk, Kalki quoted statistics that 53 percent of children in India had been sexually abused and highlighted the gap in proper sexual education in schools. She continued, "I don't think public platform is the only way to talk about CSA, I think sometimes it's important to speak about it, break the silence; other times it's important to have a place to go to where you can trust somebody whether it be a psychiatrist, a family member, or a social set-up, an organization which helps when you talk about these things. The problem is we don't have these trusted areas to go."
Kalki also shared why she'd never talked about her shocking experience before, "The problem about talking about it publicly is there's also the danger, it just becomes a shocking headline and somebody who has gone through CSA is not a headline, that's a reality they have lived with all of their life."
In the past, Kalki had spoken at a conference on child sexual abuse organised by Rahul Bose's NGO H.E.A.L. She had also starred in a satirical video about violence against women.