Mallika Sherawat is all set to enthrall the audience with her upcoming film ZEENAT in which she will be seen playing a lawyer who is fighting for a rape victim. Extending her on screen role into real life as well, Mallika has lend her support for a noble cause by being part of Free a Girl India initiative.
Mallika is a brand ambassador of Free a Girl India, which is an initiative of an international organization Free a Girl that aims at educating as well as sensitizing masses about the forced trafficking and prostitution of young girls. School for Justice (SFJ) an initiative by this organization works towards educating the girls rescued from trafficking and prostitution to become lawyers and public prosecutors, which will thereby enable them to fight for freedom and justice. Mallika has already shot for the documentary – FREE A GIRL. Talking about the documentary, Mallika said, “I believe that there is a need to change the conversation, to mobilize society to rally behind the girls that have fallen victim to this crime, and to demand justice. It is important to break the silence in many countries about child prostitution and the need to prosecute the offenders. Now it's time for action.”
Earlier, in an interview with British journalist Piers Morgan, Mallika had been vocal about the regressive state of women in India and how she doesn’t care if people back home thinks that she is giving the country a bad name by talking about rape and honor killing on international platforms. In another interview with Chelsea Handler, Mallika Sherawat spoke openly about how it feels to be brought up in a house where there is a disparity even in the food being served to a male and female child. The number of rape happening in India has doubled and the actress pointed out the reason behind is the notion that people think women are not important enough and also due to the tiring judicial procedures.
Talking about the ways Free a Girl is trying to tackle child trafficking, Mallika was quoted saying in HerStory as, “Free a Girl has been working extensively in Asia. Girls and women have been primary targets of trafficking and forced prostitution. In India itself, there are around 1.2 million children stuck in the abyss of child prostitution. Despite the magnitude of the problem, there were only 55 convictions that took place in 2015. Hence, one of the important pillars of the work Free a Girl does is to fight the culture of impunity surrounding the problem of forced child prostitution. It aims to tackle this through the School for Justice programme wherein girls who will become lawyers and public prosecutors will fight for justice for those who have suffered the same fate as them. Apart from this, Free a Girl is also actively involved in spreading awareness around the issue of commercial sexual exploitation in children by sensitizing communities and authorities in this space.”
With the actress lending her support to such a noble cause our best wishes are with her.