Singer Chinmayi has called out actor Kamal Haasan for praising Bigg Boss Tamil contestant Vichitra for not naming her abuser during her recent revelation on the show. Vichitra alleged that she had faced abuse on the sets of one of the films she worked on in the 90s.Chinmayi Sripaada criticizes Kamal Haasan for praising Vichitra’s silence on sexual harassment
Haasan, who hosts the show, had responded by lauding her for not naming her harasser. However, Chinmayi has criticised his statement, saying that it will have "real-life ramifications for women who are not even allowed their justified anger."
"He encourages the audience to applaud what he terms as 'mature behaviour', somehow insinuating THIS is how survivors should speak about sexual harassment in a socially palatable, acceptable manner," Chinmayi wrote on social media.
She also reiterated that she has been asking for the last five years that a ICC/POSH unit be set up in the entertainment industry. Chinmayi wrote, "I HAVE REPEATED THIS FOR AT LEAST 5 1/2 YEARS. NONE OF THESE BIG STARS ARE DOING ANYTHING TO SET UP AN ICC / POSH UNIT IN ANY OF THE SANGAMS. Today, a female dubbing artiste has been terminated because she went to the police station to report a case of sexual harassment in a dubbing studio."
Actor Vichitra spoke about getting assaulted at her workplace 20 years ago, on a mainstream Tamil un/scripted reality show.
She reported the incident immediately; took it up legally. However her case is an example of what happens when you report a case of assault…
— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) November 26, 2023
Vichitra had opened up about the reason she quit acting 20 years ago in Bigg Boss Tamil. She stated that it was due to the main lead and crew harassing her while she was shooting outdoors. She alleged that she was touched inappropriately on sets, and faced physical abuse. She also shared that she pointed it out and even filed a case in court and complained to the union, to no avail.
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