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Anoushka Shankar reveals sexual abuse as a child by family friend

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Anoushka Shankar has revealed that she was sexually abused as a child.

The musician and daughter of Indian sitarist Ravi Shankar spoke about the childhood abuse in a video in support of the 'One Billion Rising' campaign to stop violence against women.

Anoushka said that her abuser was "a man [her] parents trusted", and that she suffered "groping, touching and verbal abuse".



Unrest has been growing in India in recent months at the treatment of women following a highly publicised fatal gang rape in December.

The 'One Billion Rising' movement was launched by American activist Eve Ensler to mark 15 years since the V-day campaign to end violence against women began.

Tomorrow (February 14) will see several events in India, while the campaign has called for one billion people to make a stand against violence centred around gender.

Ravi Shankar with daughter Anoushka Shankar, photographed in Kolkata (Calcutta) during 2009

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Anoushka Shankar with her late father Ravi Shankar in 2009



Anoushka Shankar recorded the video in her London home, and asks people to lend support for the campaign.

"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 she was supporting the 'One Billion Rising' movement "for the child in [her] who [she doesn't] think will recover from what happened".

Her father Ravi Shankar died aged 92 in California in December after suffering from an illness.

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