On World Mental Health Day, Aamir Khan’s daughter Ira Khan opened up about going through depression. In a recent video shared by Ira on her social media, she talked about mental illness and stated that we should have more conversation on the topic. Recently, Ira Khan shared a selfie video on her Instagram, where she talked about the incidents that have happened to her over the years. Ira revealed that despite having all the privilege, she was sexually harassed at the age of 14.
Ira Khan revealed that she didn’t know what that person was doing as it wasn’t happening every day. Ira further mentioned that she got out of the situation after writing an email to her parents. “When I was 14, I was sexually harassed. That was slightly an odd situation as I didn’t know what that person was doing and if they knew what they were doing. It wasn’t happening every day. So it took me a year to be sure that they knew what they are doing and that is what they are doing. Immediately I wrote to my parents an email and got myself out of the situation. Once I was out of the situation, I didn’t feel bad anymore. I wasn’t scared. I felt like this is not happening to me anymore and it’s over. And I moved on. It was not something that has scarred me for life and something that could make me feel bad,” she said.
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While sharing the video, Ira Khan wrote, “My privilege. I never spoke to anyone about anything because I assumed that my privilege meant I should handle my stuff on my own, or if there was something bigger, it would make people need a better answer than “I don’t know.” It made me feel like I needed a better answer and until I had that answer, my feelings weren’t something I should bother anyone else with. No problem was big enough to ponder too long about. What would anyone do? I had everything. What would anyone say? I had said it all.”
She further added, “I still think there’s a small part of me that thinks I’m making all this up, that I have nothing to feel bad about, that I’m not trying hard enough, that maybe I’m overreacting. Old habits die hard. It takes me feeling my worst to make myself believe that it’s bad enough to take seriously. And no matter how many things I have, how nice to me people are because of my dad, how nice to me people are because they love and care about me… if I feel a certain way, a certain not nice way, then how much can rationally trying to explain these things to myself do? Shouldn’t I instead get up and try and fix things? And if I can’t do that for myself? Shouldn’t I ask for help? #mentalhealth #privilege #depression #repression #divorce #sexualabuse.”