Bollywood actor Rahul Bose launched an NGO called “HEAL” to help eradicate child sexual abuse problem in the country. HEAL is the acronym for Help Eradicate Abuse through Learning.
The initiative was launched along with actress Vidya Balan at a suburban restaurant in Mumbai on July 25.
The actor took to twitter to announce the launch of his second NGO.
— Rahul Bose (@RahulBose1) July 25, 2017
Talking about the initiative and the problem of child sexual abuse, Rahul said:
“This is one of the causes that we do not want to talk much about but it is a very sensitive issue that needs to be addressed. And you would be surprised to know that our country is one of the largely affected countries. But what is more surprising is this is one of the issues that exist in European countries as well, so it has nothing to do with socio-economic background; it happens everywhere in the world.”
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The initiative will be followed by an online campaign which will be supported by many celebrities of Bollywood and others. Rahul added saying:
“Apart from conducting workshops in various schools and train people to counsel and help victims of abuse, we have made four ad films for our digital campaign which will be going on social media supported by many colleagues from our fraternity. People like Karan Johar, Shabana Azmi, Atul Kasbekar, Vidya Balan, Kalki Koechlin, Konkona Sen Sharma, Shashi Tharoor, Anil Kumble among others will be part of the social media campaign.”
Speaking on the issue and the initiative, Vidya Balan shares,
“Being a student of sociology I am aware of child sexual abuse. I always wanted to avoid knowing about the reality as it’s heartbreaking. But when Rahul told me about HEAL, I said I would be more than happy to do any kind of contribution to raise funds or anything to create awareness for the cause.”
It is said that the HEAL Foundation has so far trained many individuals in schools and supported around 60 survivors of child sexual abuse. And further said that in near future, the NGO wants to expand the work and reach out to more schools, children and victims to help, train and create awareness.