The actor took to Instagram on Thursday to report on the incident.
In a heartwarming note on social media, Kerala actor Anna Ben shared that she was sexually harassed in a mall in Kochi on Thursday. Taking to Instagram to share the incident at Kochi’s Lulu mall, the actor says she was tempted by a man while shopping with his family.
The actor denounced the disturbing incident through a note on social media, urging women to react strongly in such cases. “Two men walked past me in a generously spaced corridor in Lulu’s hypermarket that barely had people thronging and one of them didn’t accidentally brush my back as she passed me. Since it took me by surprise, I couldn’t react immediately. I wanted to give him the benefit of a doubt, but you know that when something is wrong, you feel it, ”the actor wrote.
She stood empty for a minute trying to process this, she writes. Although the actor tried to deal with the men, they ignored her. “Even though I made sure they knew I understood what had happened, I was still so angry that I couldn’t say anything,” the actor said.
She wrote that the men followed her again, this time trying to have a frivolous conversation with her. They showed the audacity to talk to my sister and me, writes the actor. “Trying to get closer as he spoke, he wanted to know the names of the films I was a part of,” he said. He adds that the men left after seeing his mother.
“As I write this I can think of a thousand things I could have told them and a hundred things I could have done. But I didn’t. I just couldn’t. I just wanted to get him out here so I can feel some relief. Feeling that you have done something about it knowing full well that they are gone without guilt or problems. Knowing they might do it again, it pisses me off, ”wrote Anna Ben.
Adding that she “despises” the deeply disturbing incident, Anna urged women to react strongly in such cases.
“Being a woman has been very tiring, being on guard every minute when you leave the house. To look at my clothes when I bend and turn. To protect my chest with my arms in the crowd… And on the days when I’m at home, I worry about my mother, my sister, my friends who have to do the same things. It’s all because of these sick men. You take away our security. You take away our comfort and the joy of our femininity. I despise you, “wrote the actor.
Addressing men, he added: “If you’ve done something remotely inappropriate to a woman, know that you are the lowest form of life and deserve nothing but hell. And to all the women who read his post, he said, “I hope you have the courage to slap these men in the face.”
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