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I was shouting but only two passengers stood with me: Kerala actor on molestation incident

Kerala actor also added that people should stand for girls in trouble, instead of expressing outrage on social media.

regional movies Updated: Feb 02, 2018 16:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chennai
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The actor works in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu films.(AFP/Getty Images)

The Kerala actor who bravely held on to her molester till help arrived, has opened up about her experience. In a report in NDTV, she said how she tried to reach out to the person sleeping in the berth below her and how he never bothered to help. She added how people stand up for girls in trouble. She said, “I was sleeping when I felt that somebody was rubbing my lips and when I opened my eyes, there was this guy opposite to my seat.”

She then added, “He was lying down on the berth and with his left hand, he was rubbing my lips. I caught his hand, I switched on the light and he was actually begging -- please don’t make it an issue. I actually told the guy, who was sleeping right below us. He told him what the guy was doing to me but he didn’t react. After that, I came down and went looking for the TTR but he was not there in the compartment. I was shouting and making noise. Only two passengers, writer Unni and another was a guy named Renjith, stood with me.

She went on to add how it was important for people to stand up and help in real-life situations. “I want to ask people to please stand up if some girl is in trouble because if a girl is in trouble, it is your responsibility; every citizen’s responsibility for a woman’s safety.”

In another interview to The Indian Express quoted her as saying that instead of expressing outrage on social media, people should care for in real life.

“I think people’s protest and outrage begin and end on Facebook. But when you’re confronted with a real-life situation, nobody cares or reacts. Probably if I had put up a status on Facebook, there would have been many more people showing support... However, as a woman I want members of the community to stand up for me at times when such incidents happen, not just later on social media. It is really disheartening and I have lost faith in the society,” she said.

The actor was travelling from Kannur to Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday when the incident occurred.

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First Published: Feb 02, 2018 15:11 IST