Loose Women star Saira Khan breaks down as she recalls abuse

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Loose Women star Saira Khan broke down in tears as she revealed she was inappropriately touched by a family member as a teenager.

The former Apprentice contestant said she only told her mother and brother about what happened after the relative died.

Saira on Loose Women (ITV)
Saira on Loose Women (ITV)

Saira said she was inspired to open up about her ordeal after talking about Mukhtar Mai, a Pakistani woman who was gang raped in her village and forced to walk through the streets naked.

She told ITV's Loose Women: "I've never talked about this before, and this woman inspired me.

"I want any woman out there, who is going through what I went through at 13 years old, sitting in my bedroom, a male member of my family - he's died now - came in and did things.

Saira said she only told her mother after the relative died (ITV)
Saira said she only told her mother after the relative died (ITV)

"And I would never have talked about it but I just felt I had to because of what's going on with this woman.

"She says, 'I just want to be a voice of these women who face circumstances similar to what I did'."

She added; "If any young child or woman is going through something, that somebody is touching them, without their permission, inappropriately, please, it is wrong.

"Go and get some help, it is wrong, it is not culturally acceptable, it is not religiously acceptable, please.

"This woman is a voice for women around the world. It happens every day in our homes as well as villages in Pakistan."