Kollywood film industry Celebrities have expressed their solidarity with actress Amala Paul, who recently filed a sexual harassment complaint with the police.
Actor and Chief of the Tamil Film Producers’ Council ‘Puratchi Thalapathy’ Vishal lauded actress Amala Paul for boldly handling the sexual harassment happened to her recently while she was rehearsing for an event.
“Hats off to ya guts @Amala_ams for yr boldness in the recent incident. Salute u.needs a lot of determination and guts to move a case on sexual harassment.sincere thanks to the police dept for the swift action http://taken.case filed.hope these culprits learn a lesson,” Vishal wrote on his Twitter page.
Actress Manjima Mohan also shared a statement on her social media handle ruing the unfavourable circumstances for a woman’s safety. “I remember my brother once telling, e to carry a pepper spray when I travel alone. I used to be very confident at that point and tell him that “are you mad? Woman are much safer these days than before. But after reading a couple of incidents I really feel just a pepper spray is not enough! I hope things will change and they stop treating a woman as a sexual object and maybe a little bit of respect would be good!” she said.
“When I had gone to do dance rehearsal, a man spoke to me unpleasantly, like he was conducting a trade. I was very shocked. I was very humiliated. That’s why I immediately came to complain to the police station. I’m going to Malaysia for an event. I went to dance practice for that event. While I was practising, he came inside. He spoke as though he was part of the event. He spoke to me like he was someone known at the event. He spoke to me personally when I was alone inside. That’s why I have complained. He has spoken like he was conducting a sexual trade, for a favour,” Amala told the media.
Explaining why she filed a complaint, Amala Paul said, “I should not let it go. Because there are many independent working women like me. If there is no safety, then I don’t know why we’re living.”
The Chennai police reacted quickly and arrested the man, Alagesan, under sections 354A (Sexual harassment), 509 (Uttering any word or making any gesture intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code and section 4 of the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act, The Hindu reported.
A day later, another actress, Sanusha, was molested in a train. Sanusha was traveling from Kannur to Thiruvananthapuram on the Mangalore–Thiruvanathapuram Maveli Express. According to the Kodi Veeran actress, the accused — Anto Bose — inappropriately touched her.
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