What to Read Next

Be proud to be a woman, believe in your dreams: Sofia Hayat

Indo Asian News Service
8 March 2013

Mumbai, March 8 (IANS) British-Asian actress-singer Sofia Hayat, a victim of child sex abuse, appeals to women who have been victim of rape or other violence to rise above such things and live their dreams.

"Always believe in your dreams, even if your family is against you, even if you are from bad background," Sofia said here at the Dynamic Awards For Women Thursday.

Sofia was born in Gravesend, Kent, Britain. She was brought up in a strict Muslim family along with her three sisters - Zarqa, Saira, and Tahira.

Recalling her growing up years and how her family had fallen on hard times due to financial crunch, Sofia, 28, said: "When I was a child, I was abused by my uncle. My family didn't have money. My mother used to stitch clothes."

"I even remember the day when we didn't get food in school as we didn't have money. So, if you are poor or there is any problem or raped like I was by my uncle, it does not mean your life is spoiled forever."

She fought her way to fame and made a name for herself by featuring in British shows such as "Absolute Power" and "Fur TV".

She made her Bollywood debut with "Diary of a Butterfly".

Now Sofia is happy with her life.

"When I was a child, everyone used to say, 'Her uncle did that to her, she didn't have money at home, so and so.' But just see where I am now. I am so proud to be a woman.

"Although my background was not good, but my present and future are good. So all the women of India, you can achieve anything you want," she said.

Sofia insists it is high time women should stand for themselves.

"Women have to stand up for themselves. They should not be scared otherwise people can affect you. Women have to be strong. They have to show the society that they are not weak. And this has to be done by each and every woman," she said.

She feels that women should step forward when they see another woman "being abused on the street".

"If somebody says something even to a poor girl, stand up for her. We all are one," she added.

Kid sleep troubles email series for moms

We get it. We’ve been there. Sign up for our email track to learn how to handle kids who won’t go to sleep or won’t stay in bed.

VA Mortgage Rates In 2016

VA Rates as Low as 2.75% (3.028% APR) 15 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

9 Cards for People Who Have Great Credit

What card offers up to 5% cash back? And which one offers 24/7 concierge service? See the best credit cards of 2016. Apply online, quickly & easily.

Stop Paying Too Much For Your Prescriptions.

Drug prices vary wildly between pharmacies. GoodRx finds the lowest prices and discounts. Compare prices, print free coupons & save up to 80%.

Insane Navy Seal Flashlight, should it be banned?

The Military has recently released technology that is now available to the public. Get yours before they run out - Limited Supply!

How To Make Sagging Skin Look Tight and Lifted

[Watch] The easy and effective way consumers across the country are improving the look of their wrinkled and sagging skin without cosmetic procedures.

Banks Are Worried Homeowners Will Do This.

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this.

Consolidate your Student Loans by Refinancing

Refinance your student loans to a lower rate with SoFi. Find out how much you can save!

Starwood Credit Card

Earn 25,000 Bonus Starpoints®! Use toward Award Nights or Flights.

How Older Men Tighten Their Skin

Men, reduce the look of wrinkles, sagging skin and fine lines with this affordable and effective skin tightening treatment without leaving your home.

How To Pay Off Your Mortgage (It's Genius)

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this...

Hilton HHonors™ Card

Earn 40,000 Hilton HHonors™ Bonus Points. Apply for Your Card Today.

Join Disney Movie Club Today

Get 4 Disney Movies For $1 With Membership. See Details. Plus, Free Shipping On Your Initial Order!

Looking To Buy New Car Tires?

Confidently buy Goodyear® tires online with help from the experts! We'll help you find and compare tires based on your vehicle or tire size.