Malayalam actress abduction case: Film fraternity to hold protest meet today at 6 pm; police suspect racket
The film fraternity in Kerala on Sunday came out in support of a noted Malayalam actress, who was abducted and molested while she was travelling from Thrissur to Ernakulam. The film fraternity will be holding a protest meet at 6 pm in Ernakulam on Sunday.
According to a report in the New Indian Express, the police arrested her driver on Saturday for allegedly having a hand in the entire episode while seven other people have been detained in the case. Police sources said the driver had been planning this for months and was not targeting the victim, but had planned to attack any actor using the film production company’s vehicle, CNN-News18 reported.
#UPDATE -- This points to a larger racket to take objectionable pictures of actors and black mail them: Police sources
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The Hindustan Times reported that the actress was held in the car for an hour, after which she was dropped near her residence at around 10.30 pm.
In a Facebook post, the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) president Innocent, described the incident as a "heinous crime". "We have only one thing to say to those who committed this cruel act to our daughter... sister — defeat is yours. She will stand undefeated... always", he said. Innocent, who is also a Lok Sabha MP, said he had contacted Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and DGP Loknath Behera the moment he came to know about the incident. "Both of them have assured us that the guilty will be punished", he said, adding that the AMMA was closely watching the action by police.
Meanwhile, actor Prithviraj said, "All that can be said about the security of women in our matriarchal/matrilineal God's own country has already been said. And yes... as a man who has to share the responsibility of a society that bears this shame I hang my head. But please... the most we can collectively do at this moment is to respect the guts of this girl."
He said that he was supposed to start work with her in a week. "She told me that she would like not to come back in front of the camera so soon... If it has affected her enough to make her stay away from what she loves the most... I can only imagine how harrowing it must have been."
Actor Manju Warrier said she had met the actress, who was in a state of shock after the "horrifying" incident". But she was "bold and we were the ones who were shattered. Those responsible for the attack had perverted mindset and culture," she said in a post.
Director Major Ravi wants the government to take strong action against those responsible for the incident. "If a celebrity can go through this kind of torture from the rowdy gang, it can happen to any of our sisters. Shame on you all the system who can't take action on these culprits." Ravi also wanted the film fraternity to come together "on the road till the government wakes up."
Actor Unni Mukundan said he respected the actress's decision to speak out about her harrowing experience, adding "nothing will change except for the fact that everyone will know that you are one brave girl who chose to fight." Rima Kallingal lauded the actress for having the guts to fight, while actor Kunjacko Boban said in his post that "A 'MAN' becomes a real man when he learns to respect a woman. It is our duty to stand by her and support her rather than throw stones at her making some baseless allegations".
Describing the actress as one of the "boldest" and "bravest souls" in the industry, singer Sayanora Philip said, "She will be back, and she will make sure that each one of the culprits gets their deserved share of punishment."
With inputs from agencies