While being a celebrity has its perks, one cannot say the same for our female icons. Despite their popularity, they are still like every one of us, and like everyone else, they are often the victims of brazen sexual harassments that our women face in the public sphere. Yesterday, a young Mollywood actor took to Instagram to narrate an incident that caught her off guard.
The actor was shopping at a mall in Kochi with her family when two men walked past her in “a generously spaced aisle in Lulu hypermarket, which barely had people crowding, and one of them, not so accidentally, grazed his hands” on her back while walking past her. “Because it caught me off guard, I couldn’t 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.
Although the actor thought she had imagined it at first, her sister witnessed the incident too. The actor, who went blank for a minute trying to process the situation tried to confront the men but they disregarded her. “Though I made sure that they knew that I understood what had happened, I was still so angry because I couldn’t say anything,” the actor said.
She wrote that the men, trying to strike a conversation with her, began following her and her sister. “Trying to get closer as he spoke, he wanted to know the names of the movies I have been part of,” she said. The men walked away when they saw the actor’s mother approaching them. The actor, who expressed her disappointment at not reacting against the men who dared to misbehave with her, urged women to react strongly in such instances.
“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’m 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.” Addressing men, she added, “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.” Moreover, to all the women reading her post, she said, “I hope you have the courage to give a tight slap on the face of such men.”
Meanwhile, Kerala Women’s Commission has filed a suo moto case in this regard. Chairperson MC Josephine has directed the police to check CCTV footage at the mall. The police have identified the perpetrators after checking the CCTV visuals.