Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Chennai Express’ singer Chinmayi Sripada (Tamil Singer) was molested at an event recently.
The singer took to her social media account to share details of the horrific incident.
“After almost aeons I got groped at an event yesterday. I happened to share this story on Instagram and what shocked me is how many men and women have been molested as children (teachers, brothers, co-passengers, uncles, grandparents and even women).”
In a series of tweets the singer opened up about sexual assault victims and their ordeal. Chinmaya also went on to address how the society blames the victims on many ocassions making it difficult for people to speak up…
“Most common places- Their own home, public transport, places of worship, educational institutions. Most girls and boys haven’t mustered the strength to share it with their family and friends coz no one would believe it. Even if girls have a chance of being heard, men have NONE. Men are shamed if they share an account of sexual assault/molestation during childhood. Women who gathered the courage to share have been blames “she enjoyed it”. Imagine grown adults accusing a child of enjoying sexual assault. And other seemingly sane adults believing it.”
The singer also added, “Not to mention – women shaming other women who have been molested/harassed. And commenting on ‘you dress/look like that you are asking for it’ I think women need to be trained first on victim blaming and shaming. Girls are afraid of telling their parents that they ll made to stay at home and would be stopped from going to work/study. I believed things changed based on my own circle of fantastic men and women. Not so, clearly.”
After almost aeons I got groped at an event yesterday. I happened to share this story on Instagram and what shocked me is how many men and women have been molested as children (teachers, brothers, co passengers, uncles, grandparents and even women)
— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) March 12, 2018
While she concluded with a rather strong message – “Please – stop shaming the victims, their lipstick, hair, skin colour, clothes, attitude, talent, intelligence, whatever. Boys are at an equal risk of sexual abuse. Many are traumatised for life. Please understand they need the support as well. Dont shame. Thank you. As for victims – speak up, yell, slap those who touch you without your consent. When groped we are temporarily stunned into silence – including me. This is usually the window the assaulter uses to his advantage. Finally, it is NOT your fault. Be kind on yourself. Love yourself.”
The singer did not file an official complaint against the miscreants.