Actor Ayushmann Khurrana said that discrimination and violence against girls are unacceptable. Ayushmann said this is about International Girl Child Day. Ayushmann Khurrana has been named as a celebrity spokesperson for Unicef's worldwide campaign Ending Violence Against Children (EVAC). Ayushmann said that the first step is to make ourselves aware of our actions, within our own families.
Ayushmann said that violence against women holds society back. "As Unicef's Celebrity Advocate towards ending violence against children, I firmly believe that discrimination and violence against girls are unacceptable and holds us back as a developed and caring society;” said Ayushmann Khurrana.
Further, Ayushmann added that Covid prevention has increased the incidence of gender-based violence. "Covid-19 has added to the challenges faced by girls. With limited access to mobiles or the internet, girls have faced restrictions in accessing remote learning and in having their health, nutritional and social needs treated on par with the boys in their families. At the same time lockdowns for Covid prevention have increased the incidence of gender-based violence. The latest data from National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shows that child marriages have increased by as much as 50 percent during the pandemic;” Ayushmann Khurrana added.
He said that most importantly, as parents, friends, peers we must engage with boys and men. This is to promote positive gender practices and norms and end the culture of violence.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Ayushmann announced his collaboration with Aanand L Rai. Ayushmann will join him with the film ‘Action Hero’.
Ayushmann is also working on a handful of projects. He shot for Anek with Anubhav Sinha. He will also act in Vaani Kapoor's Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui. Abhishek Kapoor is directing the film. He's also worked alongside Shefali Shah and Rakul Preet Singh on Doctor G.