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Women in film industry need dedicated union: Varalaxmi

Chennai
Mar 04, 2017
Varalaxmi Sarath Kumar

Actress Varalaxmi Sarath Kumar says she will fight for the formation of a union to address all women-related grievances, including sexual harassment in Tamil filmdom.

In her past post, Varalaxmi had revealed that the head of a TV channel tried to harass her.

On Wednesday night, via a video message, she said she has decided to start a campaign called Save Shakti, aimed at creating a platform for women in the Tamil industry to talk about their problems.

Varalaxmi said: 'The response to my post last week was unprecedented. It made me realize that a lot of women are subject to harassment, but they don't speak about it publicly. I wanted this to go beyond a post on social media.'

She struck upon the idea when she consulted a few lawyers.

'When I discussed with a few lawyers to find out what can be done practically, I decided to start a campaign - Save Shakti - through which I plan to approach the state government with a series of requests,' she said.

She wants a specialised court for women and sex offenders.

'Only then will women be brave enough to even go and file a sexual harassment case. My other request is to reach a verdict in such cases within six months. Finally, I want to form a union exclusively to address all women-related problems across the hierarchy in Tamil industry,' she said.

Varalaxmi plans to approach the Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI) to request the formation of a women's union.

On the career front, she is currently shooting for Tamil thriller 'Vikram Vedha'.

Chennai
Mar 04, 2017
Varalaxmi Sarath Kumar

Actress Varalaxmi Sarath Kumar says she will fight for the formation of a union to address all women-related grievances, including sexual harassment in Tamil filmdom.

In her past post, Varalaxmi had revealed that the head of a TV channel tried to harass her.

On Wednesday night, via a video message, she said she has decided to start a campaign called Save Shakti, aimed at creating a platform for women in the Tamil industry to talk about their problems.

Varalaxmi said: 'The response to my post last week was unprecedented. It made me realize that a lot of women are subject to harassment, but they don't speak about it publicly. I wanted this to go beyond a post on social media.'

She struck upon the idea when she consulted a few lawyers.

'When I discussed with a few lawyers to find out what can be done practically, I decided to start a campaign - Save Shakti - through which I plan to approach the state government with a series of requests,' she said.

She wants a specialised court for women and sex offenders.

'Only then will women be brave enough to even go and file a sexual harassment case. My other request is to reach a verdict in such cases within six months. Finally, I want to form a union exclusively to address all women-related problems across the hierarchy in Tamil industry,' she said.

Varalaxmi plans to approach the Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI) to request the formation of a women's union.

On the career front, she is currently shooting for Tamil thriller 'Vikram Vedha'.

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