Earlier on Wednesday, Malayalam actresses Saniya Iyappan and Grace Anthony alleged being molested in public and a probe was launched after the two actors’ shocking claims. The matter came to the fore after a video surfaced where one of the actresses was seen slapping a man who she alleged, touched her inappropriately. The horrific incident happened during a film promotion event.

On Saturday evening, the two actresses were at the HiLITE Mall in Kerala’s Kozhikode for a film promotion event. As the actress made their way out of the mall, a stampede like situation and the crowds became unruly and rowdy. It was during that time that the actresses were molested by unknown and unidentified persons, they alleged.

In one of her Instagram posts, Saniya Iyappan wrote – “The event at the mall was extremely packed with people and the security was struggling to handle and maintain the crowd. After the event, I and one of my costar were leaving and some guy misbehaved with my colleague, and she didn’t even get a chance to see or react because of the rush and the crowd.”.

The other actress also shared an Instagram post where she wrote, “I like Kozhikode a lot but while exiting the crowded venue, somebody groped me. I can’t bring myself to say where he touched me. Are people around us this frustrated?”.

The Facts of the Matter

Actors and actresses in India are put on pedestal, and worshipped by a glazed-eye looking crowd. Unfortunately, when the same actors and actresses are seen publicly without security, some people misuse their vulnerability, and exhibit depraved and punishable behaviour.

In one such incident reported from Kerala’s Kozhikode, two actresses alleged being molested in public during a film promotion event. The actresses in question are Saniya Iyappan and Grace Anthony, who both took to Instagram and shared their side of the stories.


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Promotional Event Turns Into Disaster

On Saturday night, a film promotion event was held at the HiLITE Mal, Kozhikode where the two actresses had come along with other crew members of the film. After the event ended and the two actresses made their way out of the mall, the crowd reacted in an unruly member and a stampede-like situation arose.

It was in this situation that some unidentified miscreants molested the two actresses, they alleged. On Wednesday, both the actress took to Instagram and share their side of the story.


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Statement by Saniya Iyappan

Saniya Iyappan wrote – “After the event, I and one of my costar were leaving and some guy misbehaved with my colleague, and she didn’t even get a chance to see or react because of the rush and the crowd. After that, I also encountered a similar act of misogyny and I reacted to it in shock as you’ve watched in the video. So I wish no one has to face this kind of unwanted trauma in their life, for violence against women there will be consequences and actions against these misogynistic individuals,”.

Sayani’s statement on her own actions came after a videos of her slapping a man in the mall emerged on social media.


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Grace Anthony Issues Statement

On the other hand, Grace Anthony took to social media and wrote – “I had a horrifying experience today during the promotions of my latest film Saturday Night at Hilite Mall in Kozhikode. I like Kozhikode a lot but while exiting the crowded venue, somebody groped me.”

“I can’t bring myself to say where he touched me. Are people around us this frustrated? We visited many places for promotion, but never had such a disgusting experience,” she added.

 

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Women’s Commission Takes Cognizance

The statements by the two actresses has sparked a row, prompting the Kerala State Women’s Commission to react. State commission’s chief P Sathidevi urged police to nab the culprits and condemned the incident. She also mentioned that such incidents are on the rise and “society should see the instances with utmost caution”, News18 reported.

 

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