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Salman is a ladies’ man

Actor Salman Khan is joined by Priyanka Chopra, Jacqueline Fernandes and Neha Dhupia in his endeavour towards education for the girl child.

entertainment Updated: Dec 15, 2010 19:27 IST
Hiren Kotwani

Salman Khan, who’s known for his association with various charitable causes, besides his own Being Human Foundation, has now committed to take up women’s causes too. On December 18, at the MMRDA Grounds, Bandra-Kurla Complex, he will flag off the Wave II, a concert for the education of the girl child. Also, joining the actor for this noble effort are Priyanka Chopra, Jacqueline Fernandes and Neha Dhupia, who also participated at the first concert held last year to empower women to stand up against domestic violence.

It is learnt that when Khan heard that the endeavour is to build a school for girls in Bhopal, he immediately committed his participation to Flying Unicorn Entertainment, the organisers of Wave II. "Today, a lot of women are in positions of great authority and respect, even in male-dominated fields like politics, literature and journalism. This should stand as a great example to people as to what is possible when a girl is allowed to study… allowed to follow her dreams and being humansharpen her talents," said the actor.

Interestingly, the idea for the school came up when the organisers learnt about the root cause of the domestic violence issue they had taken up last year. According to Aashi Dua of Flying Unicorn, “In majority of cases, the prime reason for domestic violence is illiteracy… the fact that women are not educated and hence are not aware of their rights. So we decided to not only take up the cause of education this year, but also help build a school for girls in Bhopal, with the help of NGOs like Muskaan and Nanhi Kali.”

Widening horizons
Khan said, “I feel that building a school is the first step to giving someone freedom and a chance to widen their horizons. Education works as the building block for all young women to have a chance to fulfill all their aspirations and ambitions. I am happy to see two young women, Ashi and Aliya, of Flying Unicorn, take up this cause and do something for this school project.”

Stressing on the fact that the education of the girl child is one of the biggest issues in the country today, Khan reiterated, “I believe that the first thing we need to tackle is the mindset towards the girl child. We need to convince people that women are just as capable, if not more, of accomplishing all the great dreams and responsibilities that are expected from the boy of the family. People need to realise that educating their daughters ensures the means they need to maximise their full potential.”

Apart from the star performances, 10 women from different walks of life — social causes, sports, business, literature and entertainment — will also be presented awards for achievements in their respective fields.