Aamir Khan’s daughter and filmmaker Ira has revealed that she was sexually harassed at the age of 14. She took to Instagram and posted a ten-minute long video about her mental health and her parents’ divorce. She had spoken about being diagnosed with clinical depression earlier, but instead of getting support online, she was subjected to hard-hearted questions about her privilege.
“I was sexually abused when I was 14. At that time I couldn’t understand whether the person realised what he was doing and I didn’t know how to confide in. It took me a year to be sure that the person was aware of his actions. I immediately wrote my parents an email and got myself out of that situation. Once I was out it didn’t feel so bad. I was not scared anymore. It’s not something that has scarred me for life,” Ira said in the video.
She also talked about her parents’ divorce and added, “When I was small, my parents got divorced. But that didn’t seem like something that would traumatise me because my parents’ divorce was amicable. They are friends, the whole family is still friends. We are not a broken family by any means.”
“I never spoke to anyone about anything because I assumed that my privilege meant I should handle my stuff on my own, or if there was something bigger, it would make people need a better answer than “I don’t know.” It made me feel like I needed a better answer and until I had that answer, my feelings weren’t something I should bother anyone else with. No problem was big enough to ponder too long about. What would anyone do? I had everything. What would anyone say? I had said it all,” she said while talking about her privilege.