Just days after actor and National Commission for Women (NCW) member Khushbu Sundar said she was sexually abused by her father as a child, Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal has made the same horrific disclosure.
"My own father used to sexually assault me when I was a young girl. He used to beat me up a lot. I was terrified when he came home, and often hid under the bed," she said, adding that she used to plan every night how she would help women get their due, and teach a lesson to such men who exploit children.
Detailing her ordeal further, Ms Maliwal said her father held her by her ponytails and banged her head against the wall. "I used to bleed from the head on impact. I believe when a person suffers a lot of atrocities, only then do they understand the pain of others, and it awakens a fire that can shake the entire system," she said.
#WATCH | "I was sexually assaulted by my father when I was a child. He used to beat me up, I used to hide under the bed," DCW chief Swati Maliwal expresses her ordeal alleging her father sexually assaulted her during childhood pic.twitter.com/GsUqKDh2w8— ANI (@ANI) March 11, 2023
Ms Maliwal said she lived with her father till she was in the fourth grade of school, and it happened several times then.
Khushbu Sundar had on Monday said she was sexually abused by her father at the age of 8, which she described as the "toughest" thing.
"The toughest thing which took me long, not to forget, not to forgive but put it behind me and move forward was the abuse I faced as a child by my father. When a child is abused, it scars the child for life," she had said.