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article imageAnoushka Shankar discusses Delhi gang rape

By Layne Weiss     Oct 6, 2013 in World
Delhi - Back in February, musician Anoushka Shankar revealed she had been abused by a man her "parents trusted" during her childhood.
Anoushka, daughter of the late sitar legend, Ravi Shankar, made this revelation in light of the fatal gang rape of a student in Delhi. Four men were sentenced to death for the crime, but will appeal the verdict.
Recently, Anoushka Shankar discussed her personal experience and how the gang rape has impacted not only her, but the rest of the world.
Speaking of the 23-year victim, Shankar told BBC Radio 4's Front Row, "her story is the apex of millions of stories."
She continued, "No one I knew could help being affected by the gravity and intensity of that attack, and if it resonates with something in our experience then obviously it doubles the impact of hearing a story like that."
Shankar said she felt that very conscious as an Indian woman that there was this moment where the whole world's focus was on "sexual violence and the role and position of women in India."
"I felt almost an obligation to talk about my experience, she revealed. "It didn't feel forced or 'dragged' out of me. The sitar said if there was ever a proper moment to talk about her story, this was it.
Shankar, 32, shared her story through a video, which was recorded at her home in London.
"As a child I suffered sexual and emotional abuse for several years at the hands of a man my parents trusted implicitly," she said.
She added that the abuse was physical as well as verbal.
She told Front Row's John Wilson that she never wanted to tell her story to the media. It never felt like something the public needed to know, but the Delhi gang rape set something off inside her. She was just like "Hang on. It's important for people to realize that this sort of thing can happen to anyone, anywhere."
By telling her story, she wanted to erase this assumption that India's upper class isn't affected by sexual abuse or violence. "I think a part of what shocked people within India was that the victim was a middle-class girl. It's so ridiculous."
Anoushka has named a song for the Delhi rape victim, Times of India reports.
The song, which references the 23-year-old victim's name in the title, appears on her new album, Traces Of You. The album was recorded with Anoushka's sister Norah Jones, and also addresses the death of their father, Ravi Shankar.
"It's not necessarily about the passing of my father. It's about me passing through the passing of my father," she revealed.
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