A Malayalam actor has shared a moving social media note to reveal a shocking case of sexual harassment. The actor shared that she was "groped by a man inside a mall in Kochi" while she was visiting with her family.
A Malayalam actor has shared a moving social media note to reveal a shocking case of sexual harassment.
The actor shared that she was "groped by a man inside a mall in Kochi" while she was visiting with her family.
In an Instagram post, "Two men walked past me in a generously spaced aisle in Lulu hypermarket which barely had people crowding and one of them not so accidentally grazed his hands on my back while walking past me."
"Because it caught me off guard I could not react immediately. I wanted to give him the benefit of a doubt but you know when something is just not right, you feel it," she wrote.
“Though I made sure that they knew that I understood what had happened, I was still so angry because I couldn’t say anything.”
But her ordeal didn't end there. The men followed her again and tried to indulge in a conversation when she was alone with her sister. They left when they saw the actor's mother approaching.
"Being a woman has been very tiring, to be on guard every minute as you step out of your house. To watch my clothes when I bend and turn. To guard my chest with my arms in a crowd... And on the days I am home, I worry about my mother, my sister, my friends who have to do the same things. It is all because of these sick men. You take away our safety. You take away our comfort and the joy of our womanhood. I despise you," the actor wrote.
"As I type this I can think of a thousand things I could have told them and a hundred things I could have done. But I didn’t. I just couldn’t. I just wanted to let this out here so I could feel a little relief. To feel that I have done something about it knowing fully that they walked away without guilt or trouble. Knowing that they might do it again, it angers me."
"If you have done anything remotely inappropriate to a woman, know that you are the lowest form of life and you don’t deserve anything but hell".
Accused identified by police
The Kalamassery police in Kerala's Ernakulam district have identified the men who harassed the actor.
Police officials say that the identified suspects are younsgters and that even though the actor had not filed a police complaint yet, they would still record her statement.
Meanwhile, the Kerala Women's Commission has taken suo motu cognisance of the issue and sought a report from the police.
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Last Updated Dec 18, 2020, 5:19 PM IST