On Sunday, famous Singer Chinmayi Sripaada was molested at an event as a man groped her. Chinmayi took to Twitter and talked about the whole issue. She wrote: “After almost aeons, I got groped at an event yesterday. I happened to share this story on Instagram and what shocked me is how many men and women have been molested as children (teachers, brothers, co-passengers, uncles, grandparents and even women).”
“Most common places – Their own home, public transport, places of worship, educational institutions. Most girls and boys haven’t mustered the strength to share it with their family and friends coz no one would believe it. Even if girls have a chance of being heard, men have NONE.”
Chinmayi further writes: “Men are shamed if they share an account of sexual assault/molestation during childhood. Women who gathered the courage to share have been blamed “she enjoyed it”. Imagine grown adults accusing a child of enjoying sexual assault. And other seemingly sane adults believing it.
“Not to mention – women shaming other women who have been molested/harassed. And commenting on ‘you dress/look like that you are asking for it’ I think women need to be trained first on victim blaming and shaming.”
The singer continues, “Please – stop shaming the victims, their lipstick, hair, skin colour, clothes, attitude, talent, intelligence, whatever. Boys are at an equal risk of sexual abuse. Many are traumatised for life. Please understand they need the support as well. Don’t shame. Thank you. [sic]”
Chinmayi Sripaada: All you need to know
Chinmayi is a famous playback singer who generally works for south India film industry. Not only a singer, Chinmayi is also a television presenter, radio jockey and voice actor. Chinmayi is the founder and CEO of a translation services company called Blue Elephant.