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Madonna speaks up for Malala

At a recent concert, pop queen Madonna dedicated a song to 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban.

music Updated: Oct 17, 2012 01:07 IST

At a recent concert, pop queen Madonna dedicated a song to 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban.

The Material Girl was performing at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as part of her MDNA tour when she gave an onstage shout-out to the young education-activist who was shot on her way home from school in Mingora, Pakistan, last week.

“This made me cry,” Madonna said to the 18,000 fans in attendance. “The 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot on a school bus for writing a blog... who wrote a blog about how important education was to her. The Taliban stopped her bus and shot her... Do you understand the sickness and absurdity of this?” she said. Yousufzai drew the ire of Taliban for defending her right to an education. The outspoken teen had carried out her campaign since the age of 11 through an online diary she wrote for the BBC.

“Support education! Support the people who support women!” Madonna went on to shout to the appreciative crowd. To emphasise her point later in the show, Madonna rolled down her trousers to reveal the word ‘Malala’ scrawled across the small of her back, said The Hollywood Reporter.

“This song is for Malala,” she said, before launching into a song. Hollywood stars such as Jessica Alba and Heidi Klum were present at the show.