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We need to redefine masculinity in India: Aamir

Aamir Khan

New York: As India continues to grapple with the problem of rape and violence against women, superstar Aamir Khan said the “balance of power” needs to change in India and the definition of masculinity should be redefined.

Khan, 49, was in the city to speak at the prestigious sixth annual “Women in the World” summit presented by renowned journalist and author Tina Brown in association with the New York Times here.

“Rape is a big issue in India,” Khan said in a session titled “Tackling India’s Taboos”.

He was in conversation with Iraqi-American humanitarian Zainab Salbi, who founded Women for Women International, a grassroots humanitarian and development organisation dedicated to serving women survivors of war.

The “PK” star said a rape survivor is often ill-treated by police and medical staff and does not get swift justice.

“The balance of power in India needs to change. Unless conviction becomes swift and certain, things are not going to change in India. And very very importantly, as a society we have to shun the rapist and hold the survivor close,” Khan said to a huge round of applause from the audience.

The audience included Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep, talk show host Jon Stewart and designer Diane von Furstenberg.

When asked about the ban on the documentary “India’s Daughter” in the country, Khan said it was “unfortunate” that the film was not shown in the country.

While Khan said he has not seen the film yet, he added that the documentary should be shown in India and “there should be freedom of speech everywhere.”

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