India’s very own, #MeToo movement is on a roll after US-based attorney Raya Sarkar released a crowdsourced list of alleged sexual harassers in Indian academia. Since then, women from across the country and more specifically from the film industry have come up to reveal the names of alleged sexual harassers. The long list of people who have been alleged of sexual harassment in recent days as part of the movement, include the likes of veteran Bollywood actor Nana Patekar to Alok Nath who is well known for playing the role of religious father in movies and sitcoms.
Amid all these, latest name to surface in the list is that of Tamil lyricist Vairamuthu, against whom one after another allegations are being made. Famous singer, Chinmayi Sripaada took to twitter and alleged that the lyricist misbehaved with her during a program at Switzerland and that the organizers asked her to co-operate with him. She also shared stories of some other anonymous sexual harassment victims, in many which the accused is same lyricist Vairamuthu.
Chinmayi, however is not the only person to have spoken up against Vairamuthu. A couple of days back, journalist Sandhya Menon shared screenshots of messages she recieved from several women, accusing Vairamuthu of sexual harassment. Though the journalist kept the names of the alleged victims, anonymous. Sandhya Menon’s screenshots were retweeted by Chinmayi Sripaada who is constantly urging all the people who may have been victims of sexual harassment, to speak up about it.
Meanwhile, Lyricist Vairamuthu responded to allegations in an indirect manner by saying that it had become common to engage in an uncivilised acts like slander against well known-personalities, and the trend had spread so much, it was being considered civil now throughout the country.
“In the recent past, I have been constantly humiliated and this is yet another attempt at the same. Time will reveal the truth,” he had tweeted.
This is not the first time, Vairamuthu finds himself in harm’s way. A dew months back, an article by him in a Tamil Daily allegedly defamed a Hindu Goddess, which earned him wrath from several right wing organizations.