Anoushka Shankar, daughter of
legendary sitarist Ravi Shankar, has thrown her weight behind
an online campaign demanding an end to crime against women, in
the wake of the Delhi gang rape.
The 31-year-old sitarist has invited one billion women
and those who love them, via the website Change.org, to walk
out, "Dance, rise up, and demand" an end to this violence this
Valentine's Day, February 14.
"The campaign 'One Billion Rising' is a promise that we
will rise up with women and men worldwide to say, 'Enough! The
violence ends now'," the website said.
It also contains a video of Anoushka speaking out for
women who have been victims of abuse and asking people to join
"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 know, I suffered
various forms of groping, touching, verbal abuse and other
things I didn't know how to deal with, I didn't know I could
change," said the Indian composer, now living in London.
"As a woman I find I am frequently living in fear. Afraid
to walk alone at night, afraid to answer a man who asks for
the time... and enough is enough. I am rising, for (the Delhi
rape victim) and women like her. I am rising with the amazing
women of my country. I am rising for the child in me, who I
don't think will ever forgive and recover from what happened
"So, join me, let's rise, let's dance. Dance has the
power to heal, to transform. So let's transform ourselves and
this world. Let's rise together," she added.