Actress Mallika Sherawat has reached out to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, urging her to help in the facilitation of an Indian visa for a co-founder of the NGO Free-A-Girl. Mallika has made the request for Evelien Holsken, co-founder of the NGO, as her visa application has been repeatedly rejected. The actress works closely with Free-A-Girl India, which fights against human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children in India. Mallika tweeted on Monday.
Ma'am Sushma Swaraj, co-founder of Dutch NGO Free-A-Girl has been repeatedly denied visa to India. This NGO is doing superb work for trafficked children and women. Please help!https://twitter.com/mallikasherawat/status/962923451030814720 The NGO focuses on creating awareness about the problem of child prostitution and the impunity of offenders of child prostitution and is mobilizing the support of the local community to fight against this crime. Mallika is the brand ambassador of "School for Justice", a unique programme by Free-A-Girl which helps girls who have been rescued from brothels by providing them with education, training, and support in order to help them become lawyers and work within the judicial system. Mallika said in a statement.
"I feel very strongly about this issue and felt the urge to seek help in order to get support from the government and be granted visa allowance to the co-founder who has been tirelessly working for the benefit of Indian children and women. Sushma Swarajji has always addressed issues such as these and I am hoping to seek a positive response from her.Recently, it was reported that a court in France has ordered that Mallika is evicted from an apartment in a posh part of Paris for failing to pay the rent. As per the report, the court has ordered the Bollywood actress and her French husband Cyrille Auxenfans to pay Rs 59,826,30 (78,787 euros) rent. The court also gave the go-ahead for their furniture to be seized. Though the actress waved off rumors with an official statement quoting,
I hv said it before & I am saying it again, I DO NOT OWN or RENT any apt in Paris!! I have been in Los Angeles & India since last 8 months, I DO NOT live in Paris,pls do not spread false rumours !