Casting couch, rape incidents & more – F’day Spl.Article by Naveen

The 1.5 month long strike has come to an end. But another issue is bothering the southern film industry now- casting couch.
Many popular personalities have come out in open to voice their agony and anger over casting couch in the industry and the Kathua and Unnao rape incidents which have shook the entire country.
It all started with Telugu actress Sri Reddy who made allegations about some top people in Tollywood. Earlier too, actress such as Varalakshmi Sarathkumar, Radhika Apte and Kasthuri had spoken about casting couch.
In a recent interview, Radhika Apte said that on her first day on the set of a film, a famous south actor started to tickle her feet. “I was stunned initially since I had never met him before, and I slapped him much to the bewilderment of the entire crew present there,” she said.
In a radio interview, actress Parvathy of ‘Poo’ fame  alleged that industry people asked for sexual favours blatantly as if it was their right. She added that when she refused, she had to forgo a lot of film opportunities.
Meanwhile, a lot of celebrities have now voiced against Kathua and Unnao rape incidents.
Says Vijay Sethupathi, “I feel distressed to see educated people supporting the criminals in the Kathua rape case. Any punishment would not compensate the pain and agony of the eight-year-old and her parents.”
“People don’t know how to behave and respect women in this world and proper awareness campaign must be conducted. Every one of us should understand that there are women in our own house,” he adds.
Varalakshmi said, “Once side you have people protesting for water.On the other side, you have an 8-year old that has been gang-raped and killed. Who are breeding these monsters..? What are we doing wrong..?Is there no hope ..? Where is the justice..? What’s laws are we living by..? Is this the kind of world we want our children to grow in?? Until and unless the punishment for any kind of rape or any sexual crime is either death or castration this bloody world with never stop #violatingwomensrights.”
Nivin Pauly said, “Extremely saddened to know that humans are capable of going to any extent of torture. I was tearing up thinking about the pain endured by the 8-year-old and her family. Are we heading towards a morally bankrupt society? It’s time that we all stand as one unified soul and do our bit. if her innocence doesn’t tremble our souls, Nothing will! My heart goes out to her family in this hour of grief.”
Kamal Haasan said, “Does it have 2 b ur own daughter fr u 2 understand? She could’ve been mine. I feel angry as a man, father & a citizen fr failing her. I m sorry my child v didn’t make this country safe enough fr U. I’ll fight fr justice at least fr future kids like u. V mourn u & won’t forget u.”
According to Prakash Raj, “#UnnaoCase a parent my heart screams in pain…how much more will we tolerate as a society.. how long will we be silent to such acts of communalising crimes..when will our conscience wake up to fight..and put an end to this  communal narrative #justasking.”
Hansika said, “Poor child! Hell Is waiting for these animals who tortured and killed her!  Hang those assh*les ! How can some one be this inhuman?!”
Khushbu Sundar wrote: “What I am going through now is beyond words..the pain n agony is a woman,as a mother I can feel the pain of the mother of 8yr old in #Kathua ..this is not my India..this is not the country I grew up in n if this is the #NewIndia , I detest the newness in it..”

By Naveen


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