Men Against Rape and Discrimination or MARD’s founder Farhan Akhtar stands in support of ‘Bas Ab Bhaut Hogaya’ campaign. During a press conference on Wednesday Farhan said, One incident of violence is one too many.
‘Bas Ab Bhaut Hogaya’ campaign will be hosting a concert towards November end, titled ‘Lalkaar’. Farhan talked about the signification of the name and what they are truly aiming for through the campaign.
“Lalkaar does suggest anger; other campaign names suggest similar emotions like ‘Enough is Enough’ and ‘Bas Ab Bhaut Hogaya’. I don’t know if the number of incidents are increasing or if the awareness that is increasing but one incident of violence or one incident of rape is one too many. So we have to try and figure out how to arrive at a place which is idealistic. And for that to happen we will have to work together. It’s should not be a norm, we have become desensitized to such news.”
He went on discussing how and why they chose music to be a medium, “We are trying to sensitize people and tell them that this isn’t just a normal part of the day. For which we want to use a platform and music is a great way to reach people. We want regional artists also to come join us because everyone has to take part. The more people join the better. And we want the youth to engage with it.”
Akhtar was appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador to South Asia in November 2016. Since he has been bringing the issues of gender equality to the center stage, and advocating for change in the ideas of masculinity.
When asked if any fraternity members are invited for the concert to help spread awareness, he said, “We will arrive at those things later, right now who from the industry is going to be there or not be there is not important. What’s important is that people who I know and I spend my time with, are very likeminded. And if asked to come and give some time, I am sure they would gladly agree to do it.”
Farhan was last seen in ‘Lucknow Central’ directed by Ranjit Tiwari with Diana Penty and in a special appearance in ‘Daddy’ with Arjun Rampal.