Aamir Khan’s daughter Ira Khan: When I was 14, I was sexually abused
November 2, 2020 6:09:29 pm
Bollywood actor Aamir Khan’s daughter Ira Khan on Monday revealed that she was sexually abused as a teenager by someone “she kind of knew.” Ira opened about the abuse in two Instagram videos (in Hindi and English), mentioning how it took her over a year to realise that her abuser knew exactly “what they were doing,” after which she spoke about it with Aamir and mother Reena.
“When I was 14, I was sexually abused. That was a slightly odd situation in the sense that I didn’t know whether the person knew what they were doing. I sort of knew them. It wasn’t happening every day. It took me about a year to be sure that they knew what they were doing.
“I immediately wrote my parents an email and got myself out of that situation. Once I was out of situation, I didn’t feel bad anymore. I wasn’t scared. I felt like this wasn’t happening to me anymore, and it is over. I moved on and let go,” she said.
Ira Khan spoke about sexual abuse in the context of her fight with clinical depression, about which she opened up on social media in October. In an over nine-minute video, Ira spoke about three major life experiences that affected her, but not to an extent that they would lead her into depression.
Besides sexual abuse, Ira mentioned her parents’ divorce that happened in 2002, when she was a kid. The star kid said that because Aamir and Reena’s divorce was amicable, she never felt traumatised by it.
“The whole family is friends. We aren’t a broken family by any means. My parents were very good about being parents to Junaid and me even after divorce and when people would say, ‘Oh we are so sorry that your parents got divorced,’ I would be like, ‘Why? It’s not a bad thing.’
“Another privilege I didn’t realise was it could have been saddening. It could be something that could scar you. It didn’t scar me. I remember most of it, but it felt like my parents’ divorce didn’t bother me. So, that can’t be a reason why I was feeling so sad.”
Ira Khan went on to speak about suffering from tuberculosis at the age of six. Ira said that she lucked out that she had “normal TB” and hence recovered fast. She added that the illness didn’t leave any impact on her psyche.
Ira said recalling these incidents made her realise she had “no reason to be depressed,” which only isolated her from her family and friends because she thought she wouldn’t be able to answer their questions on depression.
Besides, her understanding of her privilege that was a result of being a superstar’s daughter forced her to look away from confronting her emotions.
“I didn’t want to be in school. I felt suffocated. I was crying. I couldn’t tell my parents or friends this because they are going to ask me why. I don’t know why. I have talked through everything that’s happened to me. I have tried to find a reason and i don’t have a reason. So why burden them with something that I know they are not going to help me with.
“…because there’s no reason for me to feel like this because nothing bad has happened to me. I shouldn’t feel like this. I don’t have any reason to feel like this. So my sense of privilege, my sense of feeling that I had to have a good enough reason to feel like this made me not talk to anyone,” Ira concluded.
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