Malayalam actress case: Tollywood actor Manchu Lakshmi writes open letter

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By: Specific Internet Desk | Hyderabad | Revealed:February 24, 2017 four:21 pm Tollywood actor Manchu Lakshmi

The current information of kidnap and molestation of a well-liked Malayalam actress has rattled movies industries and plenty of actors from the fraternity stepped ahead to their categorical solidarity. One such actor is Tollywood’s Manchu Lakshmi who poured her grief and anguish in an open letter.

The actor wrote about points starting from girls safety to media protection of points on molestation, saying she “fears” the best way girls are handled within the society. She posted the letter on social media and it was broadly circulated by many stars expressing comparable issues.

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“Excessive time every certainly one of us takes the duty of working in the direction of a change earlier than our personal lives get affected,” wrote Bollywood actor Taapsee in her submit.

Right here is the complete letter that she wrote:

Simply once we assume we’ve shaken off the ghosts of our previous and are lastly transferring on, one thing occurs to indicate us how far we nonetheless must go. I’ve been wanting to speak about this since I heard what occurred to my colleague, the Malayalam actress that was brutally kidnapped and assaulted. However I used to be so shocked, I may barely course of it…

Girls in our nation are both prayed to as goddesses or hidden behind closed doorways. The fortunate ones are ultimately revered as moms and wives. However is that every one there’s to a lady? In an period when girls are removed from secure, is it proper to proceed praying to Goddess Lakshmi, Parvati, Durga, Saraswati, and Kali? Is it okay to hope to them once we proceed butchering their daughters within the identify of ethical policing? Once we proceed to have interaction in actions and rituals like dowry, revenge stirring out of estranged love, sexual assault, marital rape, eve teasing, and the listing may go on ceaselessly!

This not one thing new. This has turn out to be such a standard a part of our lives, thoughts you, ‘regular’. We’re used to waking as much as information of increasingly girls being assaulted, kidnapped, insulted, raped, damaged down into societal notions of what girls needs to be… Sure, I’m additionally enraged about what occurred with a Malayalam actress just lately. If the kidnapping and the sexual assaults weren’t sufficient, the media made it worse by ‘by accident’ leaking her identify!

We reside in a world when, as girls, everyone owns our our bodies however us! I see this daily within the leisure business, the place girls are used as props reasonably than full-fleshed characters. Ah, flesh! That sells, merchandise songs do, too. What about girls with three-dimensional characters? What in regards to the portrayal of precise girls?

This incident that occurred with a member of our Malayalam sorority isn’t the primary, neither is it the final… And I need to take this chance to share how I, too, really feel unsafe. We normalize the habits that scares us. However it’s NOT NORMAL nor ought to it’s our actuality! We’re frightened to roam the streets alone. To go house by public transport. To stroll down a road when a gang of boys seem. To put on garments that we like. To only exist!

If there’s only one factor we must always get out of this, it’s that we aren’t actually secure. Telling our girls to remain behind closed doorways after nightfall, to cowl up, to not drink, to not smoke, to not smile an excessive amount of, to not be over-friendly, these aren’t options. We have to train our youngsters to respect girls and their our bodies. We have to train our women to demand this respect for themselves. We have to hold elevating our voice, hold talking up for the wronged, hold understanding what’s proper, and hold working in the direction of a greater future.

Love, mild and hope

Lakshmi Manchu

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