I can’t fathom the pain and fear: Sand­hya on do­mes­tic abuse

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - FRONT PAGE - Kavita Awaasthi ■ kavita.awaasthi@htlive.com

Re­cently, ac­tor Sand­hya Mridul launched a video campaign against do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, urg­ing sur­vivors and wit­nesses to speak up. With a spike in such cases dur­ing the lock­down, Mridul, 45, feels we all need to help. “I read some scary statis­tics of vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren, and of rape. Vi­o­lence can be sex­ual, men­tal, phys­i­cal... I can’t fathom the pain and fear [of peo­ple in such sit­u­a­tions],” she says, adding, “There are days when I feel claus­tro­pho­bic, alone in my house. Imag­ine the emo­tional claus­tro­pho­bia one would feel if they’re stuck with some­one who is hurt­ing them. So, when I was ap­proached for the campaign, I jumped at it.”

Her peers, friends and seniors from the in­dus­try, “who are com­pas­sion­ate”, shared the campaign, giv­ing it more trac­tion. “It’s about putting in­for­ma­tion out there, telling peo­ple that we are lis­ten­ing and giv­ing them a lit­tle strength to speak up. I know you can’t save ev­ery­one but you can try to save some... We all have fi­nan­cial stress and com­mit­ments, but I want to be a part of some­thing that makes a dif­fer­ence,” shares Mridul.

Per­son­ally, be­ing cre­ative has helped her dur­ing the lock­down. She even spoke at a plat­form about deal­ing with anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion as she is “prone to it”. “Some days are great, oth­ers are tough. This is an ex­treme sit­u­a­tion. I’m away from fam­ily, but I am fo­cused on self-care,” she says.

PHOTO: IN­STA­GRAM/SANDYMRIDU­L

Sand­hya Mridul

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