Chennai, June 1 (). Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin extended his support to wrestlers in their fight for justice against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. Now famous Tamil singer Chinmayi Sripada has questioned the silence of the CM on his similar allegations against lyricist Vairamuthu.
The singer has been alleging that Vairamuthu sexually assaulted her and other women.
The allegations against Vairamuthu, also a director, rocked the Tamil film industry, but he was able to ride out the storm with political patronage and a huge image following.
Sripada has requested Stalin to take action against Vairamuthu.
He tweeted, Respected Chief Minister Sir, it is amazing that whenever a matter comes up for discussion in the whole country, you support the sexual harassment victims to get justice. When political leaders speak, there is hope for change. However, there is no system as of now – no ICC, no POCSO in many industries, especially in the film industry. More than seventeen women have named your friend/supporter Mr. Vairamuthu who takes advantage of your closeness and uses it to silence women who speak up even more. Your party continues to give him a platform like other politicians in Tamil Nadu.
Singer’s response on Twitter comes after the Chief Minister expressed solidarity with the protesting women wrestlers, who have been raising their voice against Vairamuthu for the last five years.
In her tweet, the singer said that the rules cannot be different for Vairamuttur and Brijbhushan. She said the Tamil Nadu chief minister has extended support to women wrestlers but has done nothing against her friend and colleague Vairamuthu, against whom the MeToo allegations were leveled by over 17 women.
She alleged that Vairamuthu used his proximity to the Chief Minister and his party to silence her and many others and ruined the careers of many women who had dreams about the future. She also said that her talent was not greater than the talent of these women, which included her.
Sripada also urged the Chief Minister to set up Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) and POCSO units in all units and said that many women and men continue to face sexual harassment in TV and films.
BJP state president K. Annamalai said in a tweet that there were 19 complaints against Vairamuthu. He said that a singer has been claiming for several days that he sexually assaulted her but the police did not question her even once as she is with Stalin.