Farhan Akhtar to start an NGO to help women

Added by harini on Jan 29, 2013

Delhi gang rape of a 23 year old girl that shook the nation also got immense support from Bollywood. Many actors and actresses have spoken out against the heinous crime against the women and have demanded that the government take the required steps to stop such atrocities in future.

One among the many voices was Farhan Akhtar who not said that strict punishment for the guilty was in order but expressed his frustration and sorrow through a poem.

Now, the sources inform that the actor has decided to open an NGO to aid victims of rape.

The sources said that the actor-director has been meeting several lawyers to understand the finer nuances, meeting NGOs and women's rights activists to get people on board.

“Talks are in advanced stages and Farhan is in the helm of affairs. In a few days, he will be officially launching his organization,” the source added to Mid-Day.

Farhan Akhtar’s Poem –

What is this country that I live in?
With no equality
And the quality of life
Differs from husband to wife
Boy to girl, brother to sister
Hey Mister, are you the same?
Contributing to the national shame
Replacing your mothers
With the bent ideology of another's
perception that women have a particular role in society
Fills my heart with anxiety
Where is all of this going?
What will emerge from these seeds that we're sowing?
It makes my head spin
But I'm not giving in
Will keep asking the question
What is this country that I live in?

What is this country that I live in?
That takes away her right to love
Brutalises her with an iron glove
Rapes her without fear
of there being justice for her tear
We've demeaned our goddesses
Gone back on all our promises
Become a gender distorted nation
Given our conscience a permanent vacation
what do I tell my daughter?
That she's growing up to be lamb for the slaughter
we've got to make a change
Reboot, reformat, rearrange,
and never give in
no matter how much our head may spin
Just keep asking the question
What is this country that I live in?

Here to help. Love. Farhan.

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