Suriya has always come across as a mature, socially responsible person. For him, being an actor is just one part of his life; he is big-time into charity and social welfare activities through his Agaram Foundation, for many years now. He has earned a very good name for himself as a well-rounded human being. The star actor has written a detailed column in a popular Tamil news daily (The Hindu - Tamil version) on the recent shocking Pollachi serial sexual abuse crimes which came to light over the past few days.
It’s a heartfelt write-up in which Suriya talks about the pressures faced by women in a male-dominated society and how sexually abused women face minimal support from their own families, the cops, the so-called moral police, and the justice system. When such women are pushed to the decision of suicide, it’s a moment when all of us should feel ashamed of ourselves, laments Suriya.
He appeals to the family members of all the victims to give them all the moral support that they need and to bravely come out with the truth. Suriya also requests the justice system to give them the requisite protection and to punish the perpetrators promptly. He concludes his piece on a powerful note that our society’s longstanding judgment and moral policing of women are more dangerous than sexual abuse crimes.
We appreciate Suriya for taking time out from his busy professional commitments and coming out with such a sharp, detailed, timely and relevant piece.