CHENNAI -- "Shocked" over the abduction and harassment of a noted actress in Kerala, the South Indian Artistes Association (SIAA) on Monday urged the state's Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to ensure the culprits were soon brought to book.
"The incident showed there is no safety even for a popular woman celebrity in the country," SIAA said in a letter to Vijayan.
"It is hereby requested that you intervene in the issue without any further delay and speed up the investigation to book the culprits and put them behind bars," it said.
SIAA members "were shocked" to know about the incident involving the actress, it added.
The association's general secretary Vishal Krishna lauded the actress for her "courage" to speak out about the incident.
"Most people would have been embarrassed to speak out if they had underwent such an incident. I laud her courage. Such an incident should not have happened," he told reporters.
He rued that "if a well-known actress could undergo such an experience, think of the situation of the common people" and said,
"We are in complete solidarity with the actress."
He expressed SIAA's solidarity with the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) on this matter.
The actress was allegedly harassed for two hours by a gang of men, who forced their way into her car before fleeing at a busy area here on February 17.
Her car driver Martin had been arrested even as police are looking for more persons including mastermind Pulser Suni.
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