Suffered sexual abuse as a child for several years, says Anoushka

In support of the One Billion Rising (OBR) protest campaign, sitar player Anoushka Shankar has uploaded a video on urging women to be part of the protest demanding an end to violence against them on Valentine's Day.

Recorded at her London residence and uploaded on the website on January 29, the 31-year-old artiste also talks about suffering sexual abuse as a child in the video. "As a child, I suffered sexual and emotional abuse for several years at the hands of a man my parents trusted implicitly. Growing up, like most women I knew, I suffered various forms of groping, touching, verbal abuse and other things I didn't know how to deal with, that I didn't know I could change," she says.

The global campaign that has gone viral now was started by well-known American playwright Eve Ensler. The campaign invites people to use the medium of songs and other forms of communication to spread awareness about women's safety. Various OBR events will take place across the world on Thursday.

Anoushka has uploaded the video in solidarity with the protests against the gangrape and subsequent death of a 23-year-old woman that have rocked India over the last two months . "I am rising for the gangrape victim and women like her. I am rising with the amazing women of my country who are together, calling and saying that enough is enough. I am rising for the child in me who, I don't think, will ever fully recover from what happened to her," she says.

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