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5092014 becomes ‘digital partner’ of PGTI


The Professional Golf Tour of India announces as the tour’s official digital partner to promote the players and the sport through its website and social network, domestic and international reach.


PGTI with every partnership looks to expand the horizons of its dedicated efforts towards growing the sport of golf and promoting its players to audiences in India and brings that edge to the partnership in growing awareness about the game.


Announcing the tie up, Mr. Padamjit Sandhu, Director, PGTI, said, “Our partnership provides us a strong platform to promote Indian professional golf in the digital space. With the importance of social media growing by the day, we seek to further enhance our reach and visibility through our partnership with” is run by India’s award winning journalist and golf enthusiast Shaili Chopra, who said, “The news world is now digital and if the world must be Indian golf’s audience then this one stop website on the sport promises to achieve global attention and accolades for golf.”

Samsung Electronics appoints Former CEO of Lok Sabha TV, Rajiv Mishra as VP Media






New Delhi, September 4, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today announced the appointment of Mr. Rajiv Mishra as Vice President, Media. In his current role at Samsung, Rajiv will be responsible for overseeing the entire media mandate for the organization across the country.


Rajiv’s career spans over 22 years during which he has held several leadership positions. Prior to joining Samsung, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Lok Sabha TV. In this role he led the overall functions of the channel including marketing, sales, distribution,producing, hosting and telecasting a complete array of programmes of general interest on issues relating to democracy, governance, social, economic and constitutional issues as well as citizens’ concerns.

He has worked for leading media companies like the Hindustan Times, Star TV, TV Asia of USA, BAG Films & Media. He is also the nominated Member of various Media Advisory bodies in various Ministry of Government of India.

He is also the founder and first President of Association of Radio Operators for India (AROI) and also the first President of Association of Regional Television Broadcasters of India (ARTBI), the industry representative body of regional Broadcasters of India. He has recently been nominated as member, expert committee of Information & Broadcasting Ministry to develop papers on copyright issues.

He is a Masters in Broadcasting from IAB, Montreux, Switzerland and MBA in Media Management from MCNY, USA.

About Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.


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IGATE Inaugurates IGATE Corporate University



One of Asia’s largest Corporate Universities to have exclusive tie ups with
world’s renowned varsities and the academia


Bridgewater NJ and Pune, India – September 4, 2014


IGATE Corporation, the New Jersey-headquartered integrated technology and operations solutions provider, today launched the IGATE Corporate University – the Company’s sprawling training and development facility in Pune. As one of Asia’s largest corporate training Universities, the IGATE Corporate University will focus on building custom training programs and methodologies in association with leading global varsities. The University will also have the tutelage of renowned Professors collaborating with the corporate faculty to create a differentiated class of IGATORs who are best placed to address the ever-dynamic business challenges of clients.

Spread across 37 acres of land on the foothills of the picturesque Western Ghats, the facility can accommodate more than 750 trainees simultaneously with residential facilities and world-class co-curricular and extra-curricular amenities such as club house, swimming pools and food courts.

The expansive training facility in Hinjewadi Pune was inaugurated by Harry Kenyon-Slaney, chief executive Energy, Rio Tinto. Rio Tinto is a leading global mining and metals company and one of IGATE’s key clients.


Inaugurating the facility, Mr. Kenyon-Slaney said, “IGATE is our strategic partner for the state-of-the-art Rio Tinto Innovation Centre. The centre, which is also based here in Pune, is crucial to supporting the global growth and development of our Mine of the Future™ program. We look forward to seeing the IGATE Corporate University play a leading role in the development of the next generation of world-class talent and technical capabilities in India.”


Ashok Vemuri, President and CEO IGATE, said, “It is a seminal moment for us. People are our biggest assets and we believe in richly investing in them, nurturing them to become the leaders of tomorrow. I foresee the IGATE Corporate University significantly enabling our employees to be best prepared for our journey of growth.”

“Learning is an integral part of our mission statement. As individuals and as a Company, it is important for us to stay ahead of the dynamic changes taking place in technology and processes, for us to leverage to the benefit of our clients,” he added.


Dr. Srinivas Kandula, EVP and Chief People Officer, IGATE, said, “We have collaborated with BITS Pilani, Symbiosis and XLRI to begin with and are well on course to have tie ups with several globally renowned educational institutions. The focus will essentially be on developing Leadership Quotient, Technology Quotient, and Social Quotient in the real world.”

Apart from state of the art class rooms and innovation labs, the University also has a customer experience center in the campus allowing the trainees to get a first-hand interaction with IGATE’s client fraternity. A 14-storeyed development facility, with a capacity of seating 5000 people, in the same campus, enables the trainees to get rich experience of a technical and development environment.



IGATE is a global leader in providing integrated technology and operations-based solutions, headquartered in Bridgewater, New Jersey. As a trusted partner to corporations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, IGATE provides solutions to clients’ business challenges by leveraging its technology and process capabilities, underwritten by an understanding of domain and industry imperatives. With revenues over US$1.1 billion, and a global employee talent capital of over 34,000, IGATE offers productized applications and platforms that provide the necessary competitive and innovation edge to clients across industries, through a combination of speed, agility and imagination. IGATE is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol IGTE.

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Bike Festival of India reaches Mumbai, achieves first Milestone



The longest Safety Ride which will map all corners of India in an effort to promote safe biking today covered 1705kms

4 September 2014, Mumbai: The National Safety Ride, an initiative weaved under the ambit of the Bike Festival of India, South Asia’s largest Bike Festival in association with Rhiti Sports Management and Event Capital today completed its first leg after reaching Mumbai. With the mission to create awareness on safe riding in the city, the Riders visited iconic locations in the city and halted at the Triumph Motorcycle Dealership in Andheri to interact with the biking enthusiasts. So far the riders have covering 1705 kms in just a week. The cities covered so far are Jaipur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, and Vapi.

From here the riders will be heading to Pune, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Cochin, Kolkata and Chandigarh. During this exciting awareness ride, the riders will be covering a total of 8000 + kms over a span of 30 days. BFI will also host ‘Brotherhood Safety Meet’ across the cities, where various motorcycle clubs will meet & greet the STAR Riders.

BFI National safety ride is a month long safety awareness ride which was successfully flagged of on the 31st of August by Ishant Sharma, Indian Cricketer in New Delhi and will end at the Budh International Circuit, Greater Noida on 29th September. The National safety Ride includes six male and three female bike enthusiasts on Triumph Motorcycles – the official bike partner of National Safety Ride – in a nationwide ride in an attempt to spread awareness on safe biking. The official BFI ‘National Safety Riders’ riders are Rahul Sharma, Rohan Monga, Jaspreet Aiden, R Venkat Raman, Sheetal Bidaye, Urvashi Patole, Pratish Ambekar,  Anjaly Rajan and Sunil Gupta.

India’s cricket legend and bike aficionado, MS Dhoni is the face of the Bike Festival of India. He owns the only Hellcat in the whole of Asia along with a range of other super bikes which will also be unveiled for bike enthusiasts and Dhoni’s fans during the Festival. Being a passionate biker himself, MS Dhoni owns a Ducati, Harley Davidson, Ninja Kawasaki, Yamaha Thundercat, Enfield Mechismo & a Yamaha RXZ-135. MS Dhoni will be present at the end of the Safety Ride to felicitate the riders with a badge & certificate that shall be a lifetime memory with the riders.

Bike Festival of India (BFI) is a unique platform for biking enthusiasts to come together, to be a part of this first-of-its-kind biking adventure in India that accentuates on the importance of safe biking. South East Asia’s leading biking festival will bring together over 120 biking communities from across the nation to participate in a series of events as part of the festival whose finale will be held in October this year at the Mecca of motorsports in India– the Buddh International Circuit.

Mr Arun Pandey, CMD, Rhiti Sports said, “Through BFI National Safety Ride will touch every nook and corner of the country with an aim to promote safe biking and most importantly use of helmets. The youth of our country form an integral part of the biking community and play a crucial role in spreading the awareness on abiding the safety norms. The rider during the safety ride will be interacting with youth of every city and biking enthusiasts and encourage them to ride safely”.

Mr Alok Jalan, MD, Laqshya Media Group, quoted, “We intend to create the largest IP in the biking space which caters to the whole biking community in India and take this to a much larger level. This IP is not only biking and adventure but also lot of entertainment and fun for the youth and biking enthusiasts.”

Mr Vimal Sumbly, Managing Director, Triumph Motorcycles India Pvt Ltd, commented, “Triumph Motorcycles is proud to associate with BFI as the official safety ride sponsor. Owning a motorcycle is just the beginning of a beautiful relationship, riding safe ensures that relationship last forever.  We at Triumph want riders to be well aware of the importance of safe and responsible riding, I think it is a great opportunity to educate and make more and more bikers ride safe every day”

 Mr. Vikram Shankar and Ikjot Singh, convenors of BFI, “Through National safety ride, we not only create awareness on safe biking but also get an opportunity to engage with bikers across the country thus building our community and gearing them up for the mega bike festival which will take them to an international platform.”

Porter Prize and India’s National Competitiveness Forum


 Invitation for Porter Prize and India’s National Competitiveness Forum on September 26, 2014 at Radisson Bl

Wilfried Aulbur


Sep 4 at 5:05 PM
Dear Colleague,It is a pleasure for me to invite you for the India’s National Competitiveness Forum (NCF) and Porter Prize event on September 26, 2014 at Radisson Blu Plaza, Mahipalpur, Delhi. The gathering kick starts in the morning at 0800 hrs with registrations and breakfast, followed by keynotes, panel discussions, awards ceremony and closes over dinner. We have an action packed agenda ( for you with keynote from Professor Michael E. Porter.

Keynote Address: Prof. Michael E. Porter*

Michael E. Porter is a leading authority on competitive strategy, competitiveness and economic development of nations, states and regions, and the application of competitive principles to social problems such as health care, environment and corporate responsibility. Professor Porter has been identified in a variety of rankings and surveys as the world’s most influential thinker on management and competitiveness.

Porter Prize*Porter Prize is named after the renowned Harvard faculty member, Father of the modern strategic field and Thinker Professor Michael E. Porter. The central idea of the Porter Prize is to propel companies to compete on the basis of value creation, innovation and strategy. Similar to prior years, we are recognizing organizations operating in India who have shown exemplary strategic acumen under the categories such as distinctive positioning, tradeoffs, fit, industry architectural shift, creating shared value and healthcare.

This year we have had some exceptional applications from corporations like Hindustan Unilever, Yes Bank, Sobha Developers, DHL Express India, Dow Chemicals, Tech Mahindra, National Insurance Limited, Siemens Technology and Services Private Limited, CESC Limited et al. Recipients of the prestigious Porter Prize award in the past years were Bharti Airtel, GroupM, Godrej Industries, HDFC Life, MakeMyTrip, Mother Diary, ICICI Lombard, Uninor etc.

India’s National Competitiveness ForumThe India’s National Competitiveness Forum looks at bringing private sector leaders, renowned thinkers and civil society leader on a common platform to discuss the solutions to the pressing and emerging issues the country faces at this time. This year the conference would focus on issues pertaining to Economic Geography & Competitiveness, Technology & Competitiveness, Enabling Industrial development and Realigning Institutions. The conference chairs are Deborah L. Wince-Smith, Ray O. Johnson and Wilfried Aulbur and some other renowned experts are going to share their views at the conference.

Conference Chairs

Deborah L. Wince-Smith
President and CEO, US Council on Competitiveness
Ray O. Johnson
CTO, Lockheed Martin
Wilfried Aulbur
Managing Partner and CEO, Roland Berger – India


William C. Bates
Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, US Council on Competitiveness
Etienne Benet
CEO, Nestle India Limited
Mark Goyder
Founder Director, Tomorrow’s Company
Sanjiv Mehta
CEO and Managing Director, Hindustan Unilever Limited
Vipul Shah
President, CEO and Chairman, Dow Chemical International Pvt. Ltd.
Gerd Hoefner
Managing Director and CEO, Siemens Technology India

Richard Rekhy

CVL Srinivas
CEO, GroupM South Asia
Vinay Hebbar
Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Harvad Business Publishing

We welcome you to support the initiative, you could write to Varun Gupta at to discuss the details.

In addition, I personally look forward to your participation at the event and would request you to register at or RSVP to

Look forward to having you with us at the India’s National Competitiveness Forum and Porter Prize.


Wilfried Aulbur
Chairman, India Council on Competitiveness
Managing Partner and CEO Roland Berger – India

Amit Kapoor
President & CEO
India Council on competitiveness

New global data expose acute prevalence of violence against children: UNICEF


NEW YORK, 4 September 2014 – The largest-ever compilation of data on violence against children shows the staggering extent of physical, sexual and emotional abuse — and reveals the attitudes that perpetuate and justify violence, keeping it ‘hidden in plain sight’ in every country and community in the world.


“These are uncomfortable facts — no government or parent will want to see them,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “But unless we confront the reality each infuriating statistic represents — the life of a child whose right to a safe, protected childhood has been violated — we will never change the mindset that violence against children is normal and permissible.  It is neither. “
The UNICEF report “Hidden in Plain Sight” draws on data from 190 countries, documenting violence in places where children should be safe: their communities, schools and homes. It details the lasting, often inter-generational effects of violence, finding that exposed children are more likely to become unemployed, live in poverty and be violent towards others. The authors note that the data is derived only from individuals who were able and willing to respond, and therefore represent minimum estimates.


Major findings include:

  • Sexual violence: Around 120 million girls under the age of 20 worldwide (about 1 in 10) have experienced forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts, and one in 3 ever-married adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 (84 million) have been victims of emotional, physical or sexual violence committed by their husbands or partners. The prevalence of partner violence is 70 per cent or higher in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Equatorial Guinea, and approaches or exceeds 50 per cent in Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania and Zimbabwe. In Switzerland, a 2009 national survey of girls and boys aged 15 to 17 found that 22 per cent and 8 per cent, respectively, had experienced at least one incident of sexual violence involving physical contact. The most common form of sexual violence for both sexes was cyber-victimization.
  • Homicide: One fifth of homicide victims globally are children and adolescents under the age of 20, resulting in about 95,000 deaths in 2012. Homicide is the leading cause of death among males between 10 and 19 years old in Panama, Venezuela, El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, Guatemala and Colombia. Nigeria has the highest number of child homicides – 13,000. Among countries in Western Europe and North America, the United States has the highest homicide rate.
  • Bullying: Slightly more than 1 in 3 students between the ages of 13 and 15 worldwide are regularly bullied in school; in Samoa, the proportion is almost 3 in 4. Almost a third of students 11 to 15 years old in Europe and North America report bullying others – in Latvia and Romania, nearly 6 in 10 admit to bullying others.
  • Violent discipline: About 17 per cent of children in 58 countries are subject to severe forms of physical punishment (hitting on the head, ears or face or hitting hard and repeatedly). Over 40 per cent of children 2 to 14 years old experience severe physical punishment in Chad, Egypt and Yemen. Globally, three in 10 adults believe physical punishment is needed to raise children well. In Swaziland, 82 per cent say physical punishment is necessary.

Attitudes towards violence: Close to half of all adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 (around 126 million) believe a husband is justified in hitting his wife under certain circumstances. The proportion rises to 80 per cent or more in Afghanistan, Guinea, Jordan, Mali and Timor-Leste. In 28 of 60 countries with data on both sexes, a larger proportion of girls than boys believe that wife-beating is sometimes justified. In Cambodia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Rwanda and Senegal, girls are around twice as likely as boys to think a husband is sometimes justified in hitting his wife . Data from 30 countries suggest that about seven in 10 girls 15-19 years old who had been victims of physical and/or sexual abuse had never sought help: many said they did not think it was abuse or did not see it as a problem.


UNICEF points to six strategies to enable society as a whole, from families to governments, to prevent and reduce violence against children. They include supporting parents and equipping children with life skills; changing attitudes; strengthening judicial, criminal and social systems and services; and generating evidence and awareness about violence and its human and socio-economic costs, in order to change attitudes and norms.


“Violence against children occurs every day, everywhere.  And while it harms individual children the most, it also tears at the fabric of society — undermining stability and progress.   But violence against children is not inevitable. It is preventable — if we refuse to let violence remain in the shadows,” Lake said.  “The evidence in this report compels us to act — for the sake of those individual children and the future strength of societies around the world.”


About the #ENDViolence initiative:
UNICEF launched the initiative on 31 July 2013 to urge collective action to end violence against children, highlighting the fact that violence is everywhere, but often happens out of sight or is tolerated due to social and cultural norms. Under the banner ‘Make the invisible, visible’, the initiative aims to raise awareness as a first step toward modifying attitudes, behaviours and policies. The initiative also supports efforts to build evidence of what works, and reinforces the idea that violence can be prevented by highlighting successful efforts and movements at all levels of society. Some 70 countries from every region of the world have formally joined #ENDviolence, strengthening efforts to identify, track and report violence against children in all its forms.

For more information visit:



UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do.  Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.  For more information about UNICEF and its work visit:


For more information please contact:
Melanie Sharpe, UNICEF New York, Tel: +1 917 485 3344,
Rita Ann Wallace, UNICEF New York, Tel.: 1 212 326-7586, Mobile: +1 917 213 4034,

India-ASEAN boosting connectivity




New Delhi—5 September 2014: India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will intensify efforts to improve institutional and physical connectivity with ASEAN to further economic integration with the region and beyond.

With its “Look East Policy,” India hopes to forge closer economic relations with ASEAN and East Asia through domestic reforms that would facilitate trade and investment. However, the people-to-people connectivity is equally pivotal to strengthen the multidimensional cooperation.

These were the sentiments echoed during the one-day symposium to enhance India’s competitiveness and its linkage with East Asia was attended by senior Indian official and experts from India and ASEAN.

The symposium, the first organized jointly by the Indian Government and ERIA (Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia), was opened with a key-note speaker by H.E.Nguyen Cam Tu, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Viet Nam.

H.E. Nguyen Cam Tu said that the India-ASEAN relations have developed a good foundation for economic growth for the past two decades.  Both are also partners of the going negotiation on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. He reiterated that connectivity will further increase economic growth and strengthen the production networks in this part of the world.

Senior Indian officials attending the symposium included Mr. Rajeev Kher, Secretary to Department of Commerce, Mr. Anil Wadhwa, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs. Regional experts included Prof. Fukunari Kimura, Chief Economist, ERIA, Dr. Bibek Debroy, Economist, Center for Policy Research, Dr. Nagesh Kumar, Director of South and South East Asia, Office, UNESCAP. Indian experts attending the symposium were Mr. Adil Zaidi, Director, Government and Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst and Young, India,Dr. Rajat Kathuria, Director and Chief Executive, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn, Editor, The Nation, Bangkok, Dr. A. K. Krishna Kumar, Executive Director, Cluster Development Infrastucture Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS), Mr. Madhu Kannan, Chairman, ASEAN Committee, CII, Dr. Jayant Menon, Economist, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Mr. Arvind Virmani, Economist, President, Chintan and Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program, Brookings Institution and Mr. Dhiraj Nayyar, Economist, Editor FirstPost & CEO, Think India Foundation, Network 18.

This joint symposiun also moderated & introduced by Mr. K. M. Chandrashekhar, Former Cabinet Secretary, Government of India, Mr. Jaco Cilliers, Country Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Lord Meghnad Desai, Economist and Mr. Alok Sinha, Former Secretary, Government of India and Former MD & Chairman, Food Corporation of India (FCI).

Both Dr. Rajeev Kumar and Mr. Anil Wadhwa further explained how the Indian government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi would pursue the foreign policy towards ASEAN and the whole gamut of connectivity.

Dr. Rajeev Kumar said that the trade volume between ASEAN and India will increase from $80 billion level with the conclusion of ASEAN-India Trade in Services and Investment.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will intensify efforts to improve institutional and physical connectivity with ASEAN to further economic integration with the region and beyond.

At the symposium, Prof. Hidetoshi Nishimura, Executive Director of ERIA and Ambassador Shyam Sharan, Chairman, RIS, also presented their joint study on “India’s Dynamism for East Asia Summit Country” to Mr. Rajeev Kher.

Prof. Hideto

Film Screening at the Italian Cultural Institute – 7:00 pm, Wednesday,10 September 2014


Cultural Program


Undisclosed Recipients
Today at 1:05 PM


Le regioni d’Italia al cinema/ Italian Regions in Cinema


Dal libro al cinema/From Book to Film

13 Agosto / August – 17 Dicembre / December 2014

Tutti i mercoledì / Every Wednesday @ 19.00

Mercoledi/Wednesday, 10 Settembre/ 10th September @19.00


Le regioni d’Italia al cinema: SICILIA

Italian Regions in Cinema: Sicily

Terramatta / Terramatta

Documentario / Documentary

2012, 75 min.

Regista / Director: Costanza Quatriglio

Cast: Roberto Nobile

TERRAMATTA (Terramatta)

Vincenzo Rabito è un siciliano analfabeta che racconta il Novecento in maniera appassionata e commovente, attraverso pagine dattiloscritte raccolte in quaderni legati con la corda. Paesaggi di oggi e di ieri, filmati d’archivio e musiche elettroniche, terre vicine e lontane fanno da sfondo a una lingua inventata, né italiano né dialetto, musicale ed espressiva come quella di un cantastorie./Vincenzo Rabito, an illiterate Sicilian, a striking storyteller, through a blend of imaginary, musical language – neither Italian nor dialect, recounts Italian twentieth century history through thousands of dictated, tightly written, rope-bound pages, tracing the extremes of a century marked by poverty and economic boom, disgrace and redemption.  Sharing their dream, Rabito gives an impassioned and unique autobiographical perspective on a complicated part of Italian history.

Venue: Tessitori Hall, Italian Cultural Institute, New Delhi

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Modi’s Ceremonial welcome for PM Tony Abbott.


Narendra Modi added 6 new photos to the album Ceremonial welcome for PM Tony Abbott.
4 hrs ·

A warm welcome to PM Tony Abbott! I am sure his visit will further strengthen ties between Australia & India.

Narendra Modi's photo.
Narendra Modi's photo.
Narendra Modi's photo.
Narendra Modi's photo.

Rani Mukerji visits anti-sex trafficking NGO, Apne Aap



Rani Mukerji visits anti-sex trafficking NGO, Apne Aap, chats with survivors, and supports Apne Aap campaign for protection of frontline anti-trafficking activists

Apne Aap trafficking survivor activist Fatima championed by Rani Mukerji

New Delhi, September 4, 2014: Bollywood star Rani Mukerji today visited victims, survivors and girls and women at risk to prostitution at the New Delhi office of anti trafficking NGO, Apne Aap Women Worldwide.

Responding to an invitation by Apne Aap survivor activist Fatima, Rani Mukerji changed her schedule to meet with the girls and women. The Bollywood star had met Fatima Khatoon at the KBC show where she helped her win Rs. 25 lakh.

“I have invited Rani Mukerji to help publicise my appeal to Indian government. I beg the Indian Government to protect me from the traffickers. I have received seven death threats from them after I spoke against sex-trafficking in KBC. Earlier, when I exposed a trafficking ring in Forbesganj, Bihar, a corrupt police officer picked up my 14-year-old daughter and kept her in police custody all night. They also arrested my colleague on false charges. I appeal to the government to drop the false charges against my colleague. I ask police to become honest like Rani ji in Mardaani,” said Fatima Khatoon.

Rani Mukerji while interacting with media personnel in the press conference said, “I was always sensitive towards this issue but after doing this film, I have got more attached and emotional towards the cause of fighting against human trafficking. Today, when I interacted with the girls here, I was extremely touched when they said that they also want to do something big in life and they too want to be a ‘Mardaani’ like me. I am happy that my film has touched the right chord. And I appeal to all the journalists to take the issue forward.”

Rani Mukerji also posed for a Facebook selfie and asked others to join the Apne Aap campaign ‘Cool Men Don’t Buy Sex’.

Ruchira Gupta founder of Apne Aap thanked Rani Mukerji for her support. “Rani is the first Bollywood star who has taken the trouble to involve trafficking survivors in the spin-of-publicity from her movie, Mardaani,” said Ruchira Gupta. Mardaani is based on the issue of human trafficking and Rani Mukerji has played the role of a tough cop fighting against child trafficking.

Fatima has been working with Apne Aap Women Worldwide as a survivor-leader since 2005 and has helped in rescuing 35 girls, who were trafficked into prostitution and getting traffickers arrested. Interacting with the media, during the press meet she said, “I wanted to talk about my past, to tell women not be ashamed. After all, the shame is not ours but of those who exploit us. I also wanted to talk about my present- how a struggle makes you strong. I formed a circle with other oppressed women under the banner of our anti-trafficking NGO, Apne Aap Women Worldwide (AAWW).”

The discussion highlighted the need for collective efforts to address this scourge that persists across the country.

Apne Aap women worldwide works with more than 20,000 victims ,survivors and their families to dismantle the prostitution system by increasing choices for girls and women and decreasing choices for pimps and customers.


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