Why there is an increase in sexual harassment in the present days of India? Have you ever given a thought about it? I wonder whether past days of living had same level of issues as they were not heard often or maybe these issues were suppressed those days with prevailed patriarchy system. As I see in the present society, women are surging forward to safeguard their rights and interests.

Recently, I came across an issue of a popular Malayalam actress being sexually harassed and abducted. This has opened the doorways for women to bring out the issues of sexism and discrimination and south Indian actresses, director, singer and script writers have found this as the right moment to speak out. They have launched a new platform to protect their rights and fight for gender justice.

The platform has been headed by Manju Warrier, Anjali Menon (director) and Bina Paul (editor and vice chairperson of state Film Academy). They met the chief minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan and handed over to him a memorandum stating the issues of sexual exploitation, human rights violation and justice for gender equality. They have named it as “Women in Cinema Collective”. The Chief Minister assured them that the committee would be formulated to deal with the issues of women in the film industry.

Parvathy, Rima Kallingal and Ramya Nambeesan, Sayanora Philip (singer) and Deedi Damodaran (script writer) were also among the representatives of the committee.

I also came across few posts where people raising voice against this issue:

Even in the recent past, Tamil actress Jyothika on the stage of “Magalir Mattum” audio release, slammed with a statement on how movie industry portrait women: “Physically, you won’t give your heroines the kind of dresses the women in your homes would wear, but at least, mentally give them roles with some intelligence.”

They also received support and wishes from Twitterati:

I believe that such a movement taken forward by these brave ladies help the industry to reduce the issues of women. Further, I hope this helps to eradicate the whole scenario of the sexism and discrimination in India and give a place for women to live happily ever after.

Let this movement be a stepping stone to reach “the day a woman can walk freely at midnight on the roads, that day we can say that India achieved Independence.” as Gandhiji said.

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