The entire Malayalam film industry was in for a shock when it was reported that popular actress Bhavana was kidnapped and assaulted in her own car by her former driver and his friends.
Meanwhile, the Malayalam film industry has stood together to fight the injustice that was done to their colleague. Several stars including Prithviraj, Mohanlal, Dulquer Salmaan, Manju Warrier, Sidharth, Amala Paul, Namitha Pramod, Nivin Pauly, Tovino Thomas and others took to social networking sites to show their solidarity towards the actress. Rima Kallingal blasted a major newspaper for overstretching the truth about the incident.
Actress Manju Warrier, who has also expressed her outrage on her Facebook page, said that she was finding it very difficult to express her feelings over the incident. She said that the survivor is her close friend. “I met her yesterday after I came to know about the incident. I am proud of her as she is fighting back despite going through such ordeal. I pray to god that it doesn’t happen to any other girl,” she said.
Superstar Mammootty said, “She is Kerala’s pride and she is our sister. We stand with her in complete solidarity. We promise her that she will not be alone hereafter – an entire society is supporting her. The police, the government, the people are with you. That is all I want to convey to her. This ”agni” has to spread. Masculinity is not about using force on a woman but it lies in giving her a sense of protection and security in herself.”
Director Kamal also praised the survivor for setting an example for other women in the country. “This is a big lesson for us the people of Kerala, who were living in a bubble thinking such things won’t happen here. This incident burst that bubble,” he said.
All the other actors who spoke at the event called for the strengthening of the law enforcement and heightened security for women across the state. And even some recommended background checks of the employees working in the film industry to ensure such crimes don’t happen again.
On Friday night, she was on her way to Kochi from her home in Thrissur when a group of perpetrators, including her former driver, waylaid her car near Angamaly and sexually assaulted her. Her ordeal in the moving car lasted for about two hours till they reached Palarivattom.
On Sunday, Kerala police nabbed two more accused in the case. The survivor has also alleged that the accused took photographers and videos when she was subjected to sexual assault in the moving car. She is a popular face down south as she has acted in all the four south Indian languages, including Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, and Telugu.
According to reports, even though the actress has not alleged rape, the accused will face charges under Sections 366 (kidnapping), 376 (rape) of IPC and Section 66 of the IT Act.
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