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Mohanlal seeks exemplary punishment against attackers, Varun and Arjun slam incident

Mohanlal, Farhan Akhtar, Manju Warrier, Nivin Pauly, Prithviraj, Dulquer Salmaan, Varun Dhawan and Arjun Kapoor have all written on social media in support of the Malayalam actor who was molested on Friday night in Kochi.

regional movies Updated: Mar 30, 2017 18:26 IST
Manju Warrier,Prithviraj,Malayalam actress abducted
Mohanlal posted a note on Facebook demanding swift action against the attackers of the Malayalam actor who was molested on Friday night in Kochi.

Malayalam superstar Mohanlal on Sunday wanted exemplary punishment to be handed over to those behind the attack on the young Malayalam actor who had a horrowing time on Friday night after being abducted and held hostage in a vehicle in Kochi.

“Exemplary punishment should be handed out to these criminals who are worse than animals so that it serves as a lesson to similar minded characters who I will not even term as humans,” he said in a Facebook post.

“It’s time we stop being candle holding and candle lighting sympathisers and ensure that the law of the land be strengthened in such ways that nobody even dares contemplating such acts leave alone commit it,” he said.

“My heart goes out to her in this time of distress. May justice be served without delay,” he said.

The actor was allegedly harassed for two hours by a gang of men, who forced their way into her car before fleeing.

Meanwhile, calling the harassment “disgusting” Bollywood actors Varun Dhawan and Arjun Kapoor have condemned the incident.

The actors took to Twitter to vent their ire, while questioning the abysmal status of women safety in the country.

“This is so shameful. I’m honestly disgusted. We as a nation and as a society have to answer back,” tweeted Varun.

Whereas, fellow actor Arjun asked, “How do we make our woman safe??? Does anyone in our government have an answer??? Where does the change lie ?? Through law or through education?”

Malayalam stars observed a silent protest on Sunday evening to express their solidarity with the actor.

Actor Farhan Akhtar and members of Tamil film fraternity had earlier come out in support of the actor. This, after the Malayalam film fraternity put its weight behind the actor.

Farhan tweeted on Sunday to say that he hoped the “morons are caught”.

Kollywood actor Trisha Krishnan, who had to face the wrath of Jallikattu supporters for being a PETA activist earlier this year, tweeted to express her anguish at the incident.

On Sunday, actor Nivin Pauly of the Bangalore Days fame, came out in support of the actor. He began his post saying that violence is the weakest form of strength. “The sooner you realise it, the better for you.”

Actor Tovino Thomas too joined the chorus to express his deep shock at the incident.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, actor-singer Prithviraj, who was among the first to support the actor, wrote: “Woke up to the horrifying news that has by now been reported, misreported and sensationalised.”

“I was supposed to start work with her in a week, and she told me that she’d not like to come back in front of the camera so soon... and so is pulling out of the film. I know this girl. I know how brave she is. If it’s affected her enough to make her stay away from what she loves the most, I can only imagine how harrowing it must have been,” he added.

Prithviraj said that “effective investigation” into the incident is the need of the hour.

The police by now have arrested three persons, including her driver, in connection with the incident. Inspector General of Police P Vijayan told reporters here on Sunday that they were probing the incident and will very soon crack the case by arresting the remaining four accused who are on the run.

Two more people were arrested in connected with the abduction, molestation of a popular Malayalam film actor, Kerala police said on Sunday.

Dulquer Salmaan, son of superstar Mammootty wrote on Facebook: “I was hesitant to speak out about this incident yesterday out of respect for the victim of this travesty... It’s something that sickens and frightens my core. I take great pride in our state and how safe our society is... And yesterday that shattered.”

Wishing that the Kerala police catches “these spineless cowards”, Salmaan requested all “our boys and men, young and old to be alert and vigilant” as “it’s equally our responsibility to care about, respect and protect our women”.

Actor-turned-CPI-M legislator Mukesh said the driver, who is the prime accused in the case, was his driver for a while. But he never knew that he had such a criminal mind.

Acclaimed film director Priyadarshan said the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA), led by Lok Sabha member Innocent, and senior s Mammootty, Mohanlal and Siddique, among others, should take up the issue with the state government and ensure that “what happened to our sister, should never ever happen to anyone else again in our state”.

Mega actor Manju Warrier wrote on her Facebook page that she, along with a few others, was with the actor.

“Her face showed the grit and determination that she put up and faced the ordeal. This has happened before and the need of the hour is not to end such attacks by writing and expressing our concern... instead a struggle should be launched to end this once and for all and I will be in the forefront of it,” says Warrier.

The film fraternity was to meet in Kochi later on Sunday to express their moral support to the actor.

On Friday, the actor was kidnapped and allegedly assaulted while on her way from Thrissur to Kochi by some people who reportedly took pictures of her to blackmail her.

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First Published: Feb 19, 2017 18:12 IST