Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma took to social media to share an important message to all who are or were the victims of domestic violence.
Virat Kohli shared an important video message on his Instagram handle on the menace of domestic violence amid the nationwide lockdown which is enforced to fight the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. Apart from the Indian Captain the video also features his wife and actress Anushka Sharma, India’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma and former India Women’s Captain Mithali Raj apart from a few Bollywood celebrities. “if you have been a victim, witness or a survivor of the domestic violence then please report”, Virat Kohli captioned the video. The video was also shared by Anushka Sharma.
The video also featured Bollywood stars like Farhan Akhtar, Karan Johar and Madhuri Dixit among the other prominent celebrities. “During the ongoing lockdown there is a sharp increase in the number of domestic violence cases”, the said, appealing both men to stand up to the violence and to women to “break your silence”. The celebrities and sports athletes urged the people both the witnesses and the survivors of domestic violence to report such cases and concluded the video with a message, “Let’s put a lockdown on domestic violence”.
According to the data shared by the National Commission for Women they received almost 239 cases related to domestic violence between March 22 and April 16 whereas 123 complaints from February 27 and March 22.
NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma said that the high number of domestic violence cases can be associated with the ongoing lockdown where the abuser and the victim both are locked together in one place. More than 50 helplines have been started across India to help women facing any kind of physical or mental violence during the ongoing lockdown.
“Fifty- two helplines have been started in different parts of the country to help women facing domestic violence during the ongoing lockdown”, a news agency said. While some of these helplines are active nationally some helplines are state-specific and others were set up at district level.