One of Pakistan’s leading television actors – or rather one celeb who people loved to hate for his role in Udaari – Ahsan Khan tries to up the ante with whatever he does. So, naturally, after acing his roles on television, he is all set to launch a book that deals with the problem of child sexual abuse.
Titled Coming of Age – My Education in Child Sexual Abuse, the book is expected to be published in the spring of 2018 and consists of three sections. The first section talks about Ahsan’s experiences, thoughts and education in the area of child sexual abuse, while working in Udaari and the factors that contributed towards making him deeply concerned about child sexual abuse.
“I have always had a great love for children,” stated Ahsan Khan in the press release. “Their welfare and happiness is 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.”
The second section focuses on educational information. It clearly defines child sexual abuse and categorizes the crime. It talks about the problem and examines it in social, cultural, religious, and political perspectives. Whereas, the third section is meant to help victims of child sexual abuse and their family members, and it deals with recognizing child sexual abuse and protecting one’s self against it.
“Up until last year, the idea of writing a book wouldn’t even have crossed my mind. Udaari and my study of the crime changed all that. All of us need to work towards protecting our children from abuse. They deserve that. The book is a step that I am taking as a citizen to help eliminate child sexual abuse,” added the actor.
A book tour is planned for the summer of the year 2018, and Ahsan hopes that it won’t be like any other ‘regular book tour.’
“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,” Ahsan emphasised.
We’re eager to read Coming of Age and we wish Ahsan all the best for his book.