‘You Are Saving Many Little Girls With Your Voice’

Samantha Akkineni on the #MeTooIndia movement.

Actress Samantha Akkineni took to social media this morning showing her solidarity with the #MeToo movement in India that has been dubbed a watershed moment in the country. In the wake of sexual assaults and misconduct, Indian women have been sharing their ordeals of harassment and abuse that they endured and naming prominent figures as the perpetrators.

Noting how the several women speaking up are saving many little girls, Samantha wrote: “I am so happy that more and more women are finding the strength to say #MeToo. Your bravery is commendable. I am sorry though that some people, even other women themselves will shame and burden you with the question of proof and doubt.”

She even lauded singer Chinmayi Sripada for sharing her story and other women’s stories including the outing of National Award winning lyricist Vairamuthu.

ALSO READ: Lyricist Vairamuthu Accused Of Sexual Misconduct By Several Women

The last one week has been an important one for women in India,  where women have been outing their harassers with their identity and anonymously, too. While this is being dubbed as India’s #MeToo and #TimesUp movement that was originally started by student Raya Sarkar’s list of sexual harassers in academia (LoSHA) last year, this year the moment gained more attention a week ago when former actress Tanushree Dutta shared how veteran actor Nana Patekar abused and harassed her ten years ago. Ever since then, women have been opening up about workplace harassment with several names of prominent figures being added to the list.

In Hollywood last year, soon after top honcho Harvey Weinstein was outed for sexual misconduct, several other men including Woody Allen, James Franco, and several others were named for harassing and assaulting other women.

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