Singer Chinmayi: I was groped at an event recently
Singer Chinmayi is known for voicing strong opinions on social media. This has landed her into trouble several times.
Now, in a series of tweets, the singer has expressed her concern, about sexual abuse of children - both boys and girls. In one such tweet, she said that she was groped, by an unknown person at an event.
After almost aeons I got groped at an event yesterday. I happened to share this story on Instagram and what shocked me is how many men and women have been molested as children (teachers, brothers, co passengers, uncles, grandparents and even women)Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) March 12, 2018
Most common places - Their own home, public transport, places of worship, educational institutions.Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) March 12, 2018
Most girls and boys havent mustered the strength to share it with their family and friends coz no one would believe it.
Even if girls have a chance of being heard, men have NONE
Men are shamed if they share an account of sexual assault/molestation during childhood. Women who gathered the courage to share have been blamed she enjoyed it. Imagine grown adults accusing a child of enjoying sexual assault. And other seemingly sane adults believing it.Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) March 12, 2018
Girls are afraid of telling their parents that they ll made to stay at home and would be stopped from going to work/study.Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) March 12, 2018
I believed things changed based on my own circle of fantastic men and women.
Not so, clearly.
In the comments section, Chinmayi was asked if she had filed a complaint with the police. For which the singer answered, "Lol. Women go through this all the time. It is the problem of the organizers that they didn't arrange for security. Case registered against unknown persons is of no use. I understand the law (sic)."
She urged everyone to stop blaming the victims of sexual assaults, and lend them support instead. She stressed that boys are just as vulnerable as girls are, to sexual abuse.
Chinmayi rose to fame after her song Oru Deivam Thantha Poove from National Award-winning film Kannathil Muthamittal. She has sung many critically-acclaimed songs including Mayya Mayya from Guru, and Kilimanjaro from Sivaji.
She has received many accolades, including Tamil Nadu State Awards and Filmfare Awards.