Actor Sonu Sood has joined R Balki, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Imtiaz Ali, Raveena Tandon, Nandita Das, Saket Chaudhary, Alankrita Shrivastava, Sonakshi Sinha, Ruchi Nair and Shonali Bose who have all taken a stand for human rights as they feel it is of most importance.
On the Born Free & Equal podcast by United for Human Rights where Sonu said, “Food and shelter are the rights everyone need and deserve to get. Imagine some people not getting food for two to three days. Though the food government distributed reached a lot of places but 30-40% people still were deprived of their needs and rights. So the question is how to create awareness? The laws and rights to food and shelter exist but how many people get to enjoy it. In the heartland, there’s a lot of classism. A lot of people are unaware of their rights and, like what this Born Free and Equal podcast is doing, it’s just about creating awareness about rights. Five out of 10 in the country are not aware of it. And if they are, how and when to use of these is what they don’t know. I think knowledge regarding this needs to be imparted to these people.”
Sonu was joined on the podcast by actress Sheena Chohan, South Asia Ambassador for United for Human Rights, who was awarded the Hero Award at the United Nations in New York last year. “The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Indian Constitution make it clear that people have a right to these basic rights. Article 47 of our Constitution says raising the level of nutrition, standard of living and health is among the state’s most important duties. So, it’s wonderful to have someone like Sonu who has done so much to provide for those without food and shelter in this crisis, call for education programmes which would permanently see that awareness of the food schemes provided by the government to comply with the constitution, reach everyone who needs it,” shared Sheena.