A popular female actor in Malayalam has said that she was sexually assaulted during a film promotion event in a mall in Kozhikode.
The actor said in an Instagram post that a colleague also faced a similar experience.
She said the experience left her numb. "Are people around us so frustrated?" she asked.
A part of the post:
"Kozhikode is a place I like a lot. But, today while returning after the programme a person from the crowd grabbed me. It disgusts me to say where. Are people around us so frustrated? As part of promotion, we went to several places. But I had never had such a pathetic experience anywhere else. A colleague had a similar experience. She reacted, but I couldn't in that situation. For a moment I was dumbstruck. In that shock, I ask, is your perversion over?"
An hour later, the actor who had reacted came out with her version of the incident on Instagram.
She said such acts of violence and misogynism should have consequences.
Part of the Insta post from the actor who reacted:
The promotion events went well across all the places in Calicut and thanks to the love from the people of Calicut. The event at the mall was extremely packed with people and the security was struggling to handle and maintain the crowd. After the event, I and one of my costar were leaving and some guy misbehaved with my colleague, and she didn't even get a chance to see or react because of the rush and the crowd. After that, I also encountered a similar act of misogyny and I reacted to it in shock as you've watched in the video.
So I wish no one has to face this kind of unwanted trauma in their life, for violence against women there will be consequences and actions against these misogynistic individuals.