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I am not a real man, says Aamir Khan in 'Women in the World' summit
Aamir Khan, who along with his perfectionist image of an actor has also cultivated the image of a socially responsible citizen. This image has been helped and created by his Satyamev Jayate television series. Taking another step in that direction and contributing to an important debate in India, Khan have recently spoken about rape and violence against women and what it is to be a real man.

Khan is the only actor who has been invited to the sixth annual three-day 'Women In The World' Summit, which kicked off on Wednesday (April 22) in New York. The actor talked about rape, violence and gender correction in a session titled 'Tackling India's Taboos.' He interacted with Zainab Salbi, an Iraqi-American humanitarian, entrepreneur and author.

The 49 year old actor said that rape survivors did not get swift justice and more often than not they are ill treated by society, police and the whole system. ''The balance of power in India needs to change. Unless conviction becomes swift and certain, things are not going to change in India. And very importantly, as a society we have to shun the rapist and hold the survivor close," said Khan.

Responding to the unfortunate ban of the documentary, 'India's Daughter,' in India, Khan also said that in India, gender sensitization should be employed, especially for small boys. Adding to the discourse, he said, "Is a real man someone who goes and beats up people, is a real man a person who is the protector. Unless we re-look at and hopefully re-define what a man is, things are not going to change. A boy grows up feeling that I'm not supposed to cry. When you tell a child not to cry, you are removing him further and further away from his emotions. And then you are surprised why he is beating up his wife."

On a lighter note, he also said why he is not a real man, "Based on all of these definitions of what a real man is, I'm completely not a real man because I hold my wife's hand all the time, hug my children and I cry all the time."

In the crowd, Oscar -winning actress Meryl Streep, talk show host Jon Stewart and designer Diane von Furstenberg including other dignitaries were present. Thursday would see another Oscar nominated actress Helen Mirren along with US Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton with Elise Turner, an associate professor of Nursing at Belhaven University, to take the stage and talk about other women related issues across the world.

For people who are not familiar with the Women in the World initiative- it is a three day annual summit, which was launched in 2010 by Tina Brown (an acclaimed journalist). The summit sees prominent figures around the globe taking part in the worldly discourse of women and their problems.

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