Kerala Women’s Commission Chairman MC Josephine on Friday said a suo moto case has been registered after a Malayalam actor alleged that she was “stalked and physically assaulted by two men at a shopping mall in Kochi.”

Josephine and Advocate Shiji Shivaji will collect evidence on Saturday from the actor.

“The incident of insulting the actor at the mall in Kochi was reprehensible. The Commission has registered a suo moto case. The commission will take evidence from the actor about the incident tomorrow (Saturday),” said the statement.

Meanwhile, the Kerala Police on Friday too took suo moto cognizance of the actress’s outpouring in her Instagram account where she wrote about being harassed by the two men. 

The actor revealed the incident through a long post on her Instagram page.

In a detailed note shared on Instagram stories, the actor stated that two men walked close to her and one of them not so accidentally grazed his hand on her back. 

She noted that though she realised that it was not accidental, she could not react immediately.

“I wanted to give him the benefit of doubt but you know when something is just not right, you feel it. I was blank for a minute trying to process this. My sister saw this very clearly as she was standing not so far away. She came to me and asked if I was okay. I was clearly not. The fact that it looked deliberate even for her made it clear that I was not imagining this. I was blank for a minute trying to process this,” she wrote on her Instagram stories.

She added that the men also followed her to the vegetable counter in the mall.

“These men came to us again and this time that guy had the audacity to talk to me and my sister. Trying to get closer as he spoke. They wanted to know the names of the movies I have been a part of. We turned a cold shoulder and asked the guy to mind his own business and leave. When my mom walked towards us they left,” she explained the shocking experience.

The actor also expressed her disappointment to react against the men who dared to misbehave with her.

Here’s her full statement:

“I’m not the one to rant often on social media. But what happened today is something I can’t seem to let go. Two men walked past me in a generously spaced aisle in lulu hypermarket which barely had people crowding and one of them not so accidentally grazed his hand on my back while walking past me. Because it caught me off guard I couldn’t react immediately. I wanted to give him the benefit of a doubt but you know when something is just not right, you feel it. My sister saw this very clearly as she was standing not so far away. She came to me and asked if I was okay. I was clearly not.

The fact that it looked deliberate even for her made it clear that I was not imaging this. I was blank for a minute trying to process this. I walked towards them but they completely ignored me. I made sure that he knew I understood. And they both left the aisle immediately.

I was still so angry because I couldn’t say anything. I couldn’t think of a sensible sentence at that time. My sister and I left the aisle and joined my mom and brother at the vegetable counter. These men apparently followed us. While my mom and brother got busy picking up things Su and I were trying to move the cart to bill. These men came to us again and this time that guy had the audacity to talk to me and my sister. Trying to get closer as he spoke. He wanted to know the names of the movies. I have been a part of. We turned a cold shoulder and asked the guy to mind his own business and leave. When my mom walked towards us they left.

Being a woman has been very tiring, to be on guard every minute as you step out of your house. To watch my cloths when I bend and turn. To guard my chest with my arms in a crowed. The list goes on. And on the days I’m home, I worry about my mother, my sister and my friends who have to do the same things. It is all because of these sick men. You take away our safety. You take away our comfort and the joy of our womanhood. I despise you. To the men reading this, if you have ever done anything remotely inappropriate to a woman know that you are the most lowest form of life and you don’t deserve anything but hell. I hope and pray you will never get away with these things like those two men today. And to all the women reading this. I hope you have the courage that I didn’t have today to give a tight slap on the face of such men.”

The police are understood to have collected the visuals and are now closing in on the two men, as every person who enters the mall is required to register his or her contact number.

(With input from Agencies)

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