Lock Upp: Kangana Ranaut reveals she faced sexual assault as a child; Munawar, Saisha recall similar traumatic experiences
In last night’s judgment day episode of Ekta Kapoor’s reality show Lock Upp, Munawar Faruqui revealed that he was sexually assaulted for 4-5 long years as a child. This moved host Kangana Ranaut and fellow kaidi Saisha Shinde to speak about their similar experiences.
In last night’s episode of Lock Upp, unsafe kaidi Saisha Shinde got a chance to save herself from elimination. All she had to do was convince one contestant to share their secret. Her good friend Munawar Faruqui decided to take the bullet for her and revealed that from the age of 6 till the time he was 11 years old, he was sexually assaulted by two of his relatives. The comedian shared that he never told anybody about this as he had to face them and they had to face the entire family. There was a time when he thought his father had found out, but Munawar got scolded by him.
Munawar shared, “I would not understand at the time. It was close family. It went on for 3-4 years and once it got extreme and then they realised they should stop it.” Host Kangana Ranaut lauded the comedian for being brave enough to talk about it. She stated that many children face sexual assault but avoid talking about it on public platforms. The actress went on to reveal, “I have faced this. I was a child and a young boy from our town used to inappropriately touch me. At the time, I did not know what it meant, no matter how protective your family is, all kids go through this.”
Kangana further shared, “This guy was three to four years elder than me, perhaps he was exploring his sexuality. He would call us, get us all to strip and check us. We would not understand it at the time. There is a huge stigma behind this, especially for men.” Hearing their stories moved Saisha to talk about her traumatic experience. She revealed that the few people whom she spoke to about the incident, shamed her by saying ‘this is why you are so much into sex, this is why you are gay’. After that she could never build up the courage to tell anyone what happened.
For the uninitiated, Swapnil Shinde let go of his male identity and came out to the world as Saisha Shinde a year ago. In earlier interviews, the celebrity designer had revealed that there was a time before her transition when she believed herself to be a gay man.