The dying of Bollywood actors Sushant Singh Rajput and Sandeep Nahar had despatched shockwaves throughout the nation. The ‘Kai Po Che’ actor was discovered hanging by the ceiling fan at his residence in June, final 12 months. These are two of the numerous circumstances that occurred within the trade over the previous 12 months, nonetheless, lack of alternatives and melancholy are the 2 frequent causes that pressured them to take the drastic step. Former Bollywood actress Somy Ali, recognized for movies like “Teesra Kaun?”, “Anth”, “Aao Pyaar Karen”, feels that society needs to be blamed for their lack of consciousness and data about psychological well being points.
Somy, who runs an NGO known as No More Tears (NMT) within the United States, stated, “Suicides will continue unless we change. As in ‘we’ break the stigma attached to mental health issues. I blame us. I blame our backward thinking and being negligent towards learning about mental ailments. This ignorance and lack of interest in educating oneself is and has caused deaths. I am sounding harsh and extremely pessimistic, but it is because I am so angry at our society for not taking a stand against the prevalence of psychological disorders.”
Applauding actors like Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, and Aamir Khan, who took to public platforms to create consciousness about psychological well-being, she added, “I commend all of them who have dared to speak up on these issues. Only awareness and education will help in decreasing the statistics on suicide. I can’t emphasize this enough, we need mental health workers conducting workshops all over South Asia and even in rural areas, educating women, children, and men on the realities of mental health disorders.”
Somy’s NGO works in direction of saving and supporting home violence survivors. Sharing her tackle abusive relationships, she pressured that it’ll not change till we shield the sufferer fairly than defending the abuser.
“This is what I work with daily with NMT. Here too, I blame us. We have constructed a world where we blame the victim, not the abuser. Let’s not forget men and young boys get abused too and, in our culture, it is even harder for them to speak up, because our society forces a man to be macho. Unless and until we stop protecting the abusers rather than the victims, nothing will change,” she stated.
“The most despicable part of all of this is when women who know of other women who have been abused protect their abusers because they are powerful and famous or in some instances, they need that abuser’s help to excel in their careers. It’s disgusting. So, to reiterate, nothing will change unless we have courageous voices speaking up against these perpetrators. Voices like Rihanna, Halle Berry, Diandra Soares, Zeenat Aman, and many more who genuinely care about victims are my heroes,” Somy concluded.