Following the abduction and alleged sexual assault of a popular Malayalam actor, several stars from the film fraternity have expressed their solidarity with her.
On Wednesday, the Nadigar Sangam, the union of Kollywood actors, released a statement condemning the attack on the Malayalam actor. The Sangam has also appealed to all artists to create awareness about sexual violence towards women and children and raise their voice against such incidents through their fan clubs
A day earlier, actor Varalaxmi had tweeted her experience of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, pointing out that it was all pervasive and considered "normal."
In a candid interview to The News Minute, she'd slammed the industry, especially the male stars, for keeping quiet about the misogyny and exploitation that the women have to go through.
The Nadigar Sangam's statement acknowledges Varalaxmi's tweet, expressing "shock" at what she'd revealed.
The Sangam has further said that they will discuss appointing special teams for the security of female actors (in film and theatre) and lawyers in its upcoming executive council meet.
The Sangam has expressed its solidarity with media houses and social organisations creating awareness about such issues and has promised to work along with them.