A charity is up in arms over Lindsay Lohan’s recent claim that she saved over 40 children in one day’s work while on a trip to India. She’s currently shooting a BBC documentary on child trafficking, and wrote on her Twitter, “Over *40 children saved* so far…… Within one day’s work…… This is what life is about….. Doing THIS is a life worth living!!!”
She later added: “Focusing on celebrities and lies is so disconcerting, when we can be changing the world one child at a time… hope everyone can see that.”
Now a leading social activist named Bhuwan, who is also a lawyer of campaign group Bachpan Bachao Andolan, says Lindsay makes their efforts seem superficial and as if months of planning could be carried off in one day by a celebrity.
“She was not even in the country when this raid happened,” he says. “We’ll be complaining to the BBC and talking to our lawyers … Would Lohan know where these workshops are?”
According to The Telegraph, two months of planning went into these raids to save children working in 15 workshops in central New Delhi. Children as young as seven were making mirrored ornaments to be exported and sold in other countries. They all reportedly worked from 8am until 1am the following day.
According to Bhuwan, the children were set free on Tuesday, hours before Lindsay landed in the country and an entire day before she and the BBC Three film crew visited the Ashram rehabilitation center where the kids were before going home to their families.
A BBC spokesman has stepped up and defended Lindsay, saying: “Lindsay Lohan has just completed filming in India for a BBC Three project on child trafficking. We would like to stress that she did not say she was present at the raid, this is a misinterpretation. She was merely referring to a raid that happened connected to child trafficking - the subject of the programme.”
“It is not uncommon for well known faces to be involved in current affairs programmes and often helps engage younger audiences with subjects they don’t traditionally go to such as international affairs. The final documentary will have all the hallmarks of BBC content - and will be high quality, informative and engaging.”
What do you think about Lindsay’s efforts? Is it enough that she’s involved, or was she trying to take credit for something she didn’t do?