One of our industry’s stalwart performers, Ahsan Khan is all set to venture into the literary world with a book on child sexual abuse.
Ahsan Khan, who won us over with his brilliant performance in Udaari is currently working on a book that deals with the taboo issues of child sexual abuse. Expressing his views on the project, Ahsan said:
“I have always had a great love for children. Their welfare and happiness are very important to me. When I was preparing for my role as a sexual predator in Udaari, I studied the problem of child sexual abuse, in great detail, especially as it exists in Pakistan. The statistics were horrifying. I was deeply distressed to learn about the pervasiveness of the menace in our country and made a promise to myself to fight to help reduce and, hopefully, eliminate child sexual abuse from not only Pakistan but the entire globe. The book is a first step towards making good on the promise.”
Titled COMING OF AGE – My Education in Child Sexual Abuse, the book is expected to be published in the spring of 2018. The book consists of three sections. The first section talks about Ahsan Khan’s experiences, thoughts and education in the area of child sexual abuse while working in Udaari while the second focuses on defining child sexual abuse and categorizes the crime. It talks about the problem and examines it in social, cultural, religious, and political perspectives.
The third section is meant to help victims of child sexual abuse and their family members. It deals with recognizing child sexual abuse, protecting one’s self against it and recovering from abuse.
Writing isn;t his forte so naturally, it was tough but a sense of moral responsibility, not to mention a burning desire, to write about a problem motivated Ahsan Khan to work towards the project.
“The book is a step that I am taking as a citizen to help eliminate child sexual abuse.”
The cover of the book features a painting by Nisar Ahmed. A book tour is planned for the summer of the year 2018.
“I envision it as a series of glitzy show business events where a serious message is discussed. I want people to attend the book readings and shows. There will be song and dance. That is sure to attract and entertain people, who will leave the shows, hopefully, with a greater understanding and awareness of child sexual abuse and, most importantly, with greater empathy towards victims of sexual abuse.”
Here’s wishing that Ahsan’s efforts will motivate other celebs and the general public to fight for the worthy cause.