King Khan received the Crystal award at World Economic Forum for raising awareness about human rights.
We all know Shah Rukh Khan as the Badshah of Bollywood, one of the richest actors in the world is also the founder of the non-profit Meer Foundation. The foundation provides support to female victims of acid attacks and major burn injuries through medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training, rehabilitation and livelihood support.
King Khan, Cate Blanchet, and Elton John were awarded the crystal at the World Economic Forum at Davos.
What made us fall in love with Shah Rukh Khan, even more, was his acceptance speech.
To disfigure a woman by throwing acid on her face is, to me, one the basest, crudest acts of subjugation imaginable. At the source of it lies the view that a woman does not have the right to assert her choice. And yet, each of the women I met, I found within them, the courage to move on with their lives and to reject the idea of victimhood. What was done to them only made them braver and stronger and more able to free themselves to make the choices that everyone around them said they could not make or should not make.
He shared an incident with Abram.
I was babysitting my five-year-old son before I came here and suddenly he screamed, ‘Papa, Papa my eye went into my hair. Can you please get my eye out of the hair?’ – He didn’t say get my hair out of my eye, like we all believe they do. It’s a bit like that when you have power, I guess. You think things get in its way but actually it is the power getting into the way. We, the powerful, need to get out of the way, and break open the access to the resources.
You can watch the speech here: