Kerala

Voicing support for actor in abduction and assault case

Administrative Reforms Commission Chairman V.S.Achuthanandan and Congress leader V.M.Sudheeran at a signature campaign organised by the Network of women in media and Women in Cinema Collective at Manaveeyam Veedhi in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday demanding justice for the actor who had been abducted and molested.

Administrative Reforms Commission Chairman V.S.Achuthanandan and Congress leader V.M.Sudheeran at a signature campaign organised by the Network of women in media and Women in Cinema Collective at Manaveeyam Veedhi in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday demanding justice for the actor who had been abducted and molested.   | Photo Credit: S. Gopakumar

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March and signature campaign to express solidarity

“I too have something to say…in her support,” Kerala Administrative Reforms Commission chairperson and former Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan said on Saturday in support of the female actor who was abducted and assaulted in Kochi earlier this year.

Mr. Achuthanandan was speaking before inaugurating a meeting, ‘Njangalkum Parayanundu #Avalkoppam,’ organised by Women in Cinema Collective, Network of Women in Media, and Sthree Koottayama, to express solidarity with the actor.

Artistes and cultural leaders were seen as role models, but when crimes were committed against women by such persons, it was a grave issue, he said. Not only had the actor been denied justice, she continued to be harassed mentally, Mr. Achuthanandan said. “Respect for women is the symbol of a civilised society. It is not meant to be written about in books and talked about; it should shine bright and be a reflection of society. This meeting is a reminder of that,” he said.

Former KPCC president V.M. Sudheeran said the meeting sent out a strong message that the people were in support of the actor. “This is a test for the Home Department,” he said.

As far as the film industry was concerned, some changes had to be brought in its functioning.

“They should have the heart to come out in support of the actor,” he said. He also flayed attempts by legislators to influence the case. Poet Sugathakumari said the actor was brave not to be cowed down by the attack or cover her face.

“It is not you that should be ashamed. It is those who attacked you who should feel ashamed.”

CPI leader Pannian Ravindran, former MP C.S. Sujatha, I.B. Satheesh, MLA, were among those who spoke. A march was taken out in support of the actor and the participants also signed their names on a board as a gesture of solidarity.

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