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South Indian Film Women’s Association extends support to #MeToo survivors

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: The South Indian Film Women’s Association (SIFWA) press meet on Saturday in Chennai aimed at showcasing its support for sexual harassment survivors from the field of television and films, turned confrontational with a section of reporters interrupting the survivors and resorting to victim-blaming.

Singer Chinmayi Sripaada, television anchor Sriranjini, filmmakers Lakshmi Ramakrishnan and Leena Manimekalai spoke at the meet. 

Sriranjini, who had alleged sexual misconduct on the part of actor John Vijay and Ghatam Umashankar, said the former had apologised for his behaviour and assured that it wouldn’t happen again with any other girls. She said that Umashankar, however, hadn’t apologised and had instead asked her to take down tweets in which she had made the allegations. 

Singer Chinmayi Sripaada, who had alleged sexual harassment by lyricist Vairamuthu, was constantly interrupted by some reporters. Finally, she pleaded, with folded hands, for everyone to be more sensitive about the issue.

When asked why she hadn’t filed a complaint against Vairamuthu at the time of the alleged incident, she said, “I am gathering evidence to prove my complaints on Vairamuthu. I am planning to produce my passport to substantiate the details of the Switzerland trip.”

Don’t misuse: Rajini

On the MeToo movement, actor Rajinikanth said, “It is a pro-women movement. But it should not be misused.” Regarding complaints against Vairamuthu, he said the lyricist already denied that allegation and that he had evidence to prove his innocence.”

Source: The New Indian Express