Chennai, June 1, 2023- While Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin extends his support to top wrestlers in their fight for justice against WFI chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh over alleged sexual assault, renowned Tamil singer Chinmayi Sripada questions his silence regarding her similar charges against noted lyricist Vairamuthu.
Chinmayi Sripada has been vocal about her allegations that Vairamuthu sexually abused her and other women. Despite causing upheaval in the Tamil film industry, Vairamuthu, known for his political connections and influential image, has managed to navigate through the storm unscathed.
Sripada has urged Chief Minister Stalin to take action against Vairamuthu, highlighting the need for systemic changes. She tweeted, “Respected Hon’ble CM Sir, it is amazing you show support to the cause of justice to sexual harassment survivors every time a case comes to notice across India. When political leaders speak, there is hope for change. However, there are no systems in place yet – No ICC or POCSO in many industries, especially in the film industry. 17+ women have named your friend/supporter Mr. Varimuthu who continues to enjoy your proximity which he uses to silence women who speak up even more. Your party continues to platform him, as have other politicians in Tamil Nadu.”
The noted singer, who has persistently raised her voice against Vairamuthu for the past five years, responded on Twitter after the Chief Minister expressed solidarity with protesting women wrestlers.
In her tweet, she emphasized that the rules cannot be different for Vairamuthu and Brij Bhushan. Sripada pointed out that while the Chief Minister supports women wrestlers, he has not taken any action against his friend and associate Vairamuthu, despite more than 17 women accusing him in the MeToo movement.
She further alleged that Vairamuthu has exploited his proximity to the Chief Minister and his party to silence her and others, ruining the careers of women who once had aspirations for their future. Sripada asserted that his talent does not surpass the talent possessed by these women, including herself.
Sripada also called upon the Chief Minister to establish Internal Complaints Committees (ICCs) and POCSO Units in all sectors, as many women and men continue to face sexual harassment in the television and film industries.
K. Annamalai, the BJP state president, tweeted that there have been 19 complaints against Vairamuthu. He highlighted that a singer has been alleging for several days that he sexually harassed her, yet he has not been questioned by the police even once due to his association with Stalin. (Agency)