The National Commission for Women (NCW), New Delhi has taken seriously to actor-producer Kamal Haasan uttering the name of a recently-molested Tamil and Malayalam actress while addressing newsmen in Chennai on Wednesday (12th July). The NCW has served a notice on Kamal Haasan to explain his act.
During his interaction with newspersons, the topic of molestation of the actress by her co-star who hired thugs to abduct and molest her was brought up. Replying to the query, Kamal wondered what the secrecy was and why the actress’ name should not be cited and later pronounced her name.
“In Mahabharat, Draupadi was molested by the Kauravas and don’t we refer to the incident by stating her name?” Kamal asked and referred to actress Bhavana’s name in the above-said molestation case. It is in this backdrop that NCW chairperson Lalitha Kumaramanala has issued a notice on Kamal Haasan to explain the need to utter the name of a woman who has been subjected to sexual molestation.
The notice wondered if Kamal was unaware of existing laws which bar investigating agencies and police from revealing the affected woman’s photo or name or other identities. It is rumoured that in case Kamal’s explanation is not found to be convincing enough, he might be summoned to appear before the NCW in person in New Delhi.