'Dil diyan gallan' singer Neha Bhasin on being sexually abused in childhood

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Last Updated: Sat, Nov 21st, 2020, 08:21:03hrs

In an interview with IANS, the "Dil diyan gallan" singer opened up about the sexual abuse she faced as a child. She revealed that she was molested at the age of 10 during her visit to Haridwar.

"I was 10 years old. I was in Haridwar, one of the religious places in India. My mother was standing a few feet away from me. Suddenly, a guy came and poked his finger inside my a**. I was shocked. I just ran away. Then, a few years later, a man grabbed my breasts in a hall. I clearly remember these incidents. I used to think that it's my fault. Now, people have come on social media and have started abusing others -- mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually -- there. I consider it faceless terrorism," Neha said.

Speaking of cyber bullying, Neha recalled receiving death threats online from fans of a popular K-pop band.

"It all started when I had shared my point of view in support of another singer. I did not pass any demeaning remarks for the K-pop band. I only had said that I am not a big fan of that particular band and since then I have been trolled. From rape threats to death threats, I have witnessed it all. I don't keep quiet now. I even filed a police complaint," she added.

Such experiences have led Neha to come up with a song titled "Kehnde rehnde", which is against cyber bullying. The track aims to highlight issues like slut-shaming, sexism, cyber bullying and confining women to stereotypical standards of society.

"One should not tolerate anything wrong. One should raise his/her voice against the wrongdoings. Don't ignore, just call out," Neha added.

(Simran Sethi can be contacted at simran.s@ians.in)

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