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Actor Rahul Bose records an audio book for sexually abused children, reports Vajir Singh.

entertainment Updated: Nov 04, 2008 20:31 IST
Vajir Singh

Rahul Bose who is always ready to support a good cause recently lent his voice to a special audio book. The NGO in question is the Chennai-based Tulir, a centre for the prevention and healing of children who have been sexually traumatized, committed to working for every child’s right to be safe from Child Sexual Abuse (CSA).

Bose who has been busy with shooting schedules, did the recording on Diwali day. He made a flying visit to Chennai, returning the same evening. It was a rare day off for the actor but since children were involved Bose was ready to make the sacrifice. And the NGO was touched by the gesture.

Working holiday
Speaking from the Tamil Nadu capital, Vidya from Tulir says that Karadi Tales developed the audio book to take the message of personal safety to very young children. “It’s done in a way that is fun and easy to understand.. there’s a lot of singing, dancing and story-telling,” informs Vidya.

Bose, who’s currently in Goa for a shoot, admits that Diwali was his only holiday between now and March. “But when they told me that they were working on Diwali, I decided to get the recording done,” he says.

When approached he had immediately consented to be the narrator for the Hindi version of Tickles and Hugs — Learning the Touching Rules. Bose’s story goes by the name of Goodgoodi Karna, Gale Lagana— Sparsh ke Niyam Seekhiye, and he hasn’t charged a rupee for it.

Perfect choice
The choice of Bose was motivated by the research he had done for the movie he directed, Everybody Says I’m Fine. “We believed that he had a better understanding of the dynamics and impact of CSA than others and this is important when you’re trying to highlight the insidious nuances of abuse and educating children on the ‘safe’ and ‘unsafe’ touch,” points out Vidya.

Bose informs that in India about 50 per cent girls and 25 per cent boys are molested at a young age and their pain goes unnoticed because they are silent.

“The audio book is meant to increase awareness and rovide solutions on how to react when something like this happens. I’m happy to be offered a chance to do something so needed,” he says.

Besides this book, the non-profit foundation which Bose has started, also tries to create awareness about CSA through educational programmes in schools in Mumbai along with legal awareness workshops.

“The Tamil and English version of the audio book is already in the market and has received an overwhelming response.

The Hindi version will be out on November 19, the World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse,” says Vidya. The actor is now keen on doing a Bengali version too.