- Malayalam actor allegedly kidnapped, molested in moving car last week
- Men forced themselves into her car; took pictures and videos of her
- Film stars voice support, step up pressure on police for action
On Friday night, the 30-year-old actor's SUV was rear-ended by another car while she was on her way to Kochi after a shoot in Thrissur. Pulsar Sunil and a few more men allegedly forced themselves into the car. The actor has alleged that she was molested and driven around for over two hours before she was thrown off the car near Kochi. The attackers allegedly took her photos and videos too.
The actor's former and current drivers planned the incident, the police say.
The actor somehow reached the home of a director, who informed the police. "She was scared and unnerved. I called the police chief after discussing with the actress and he made all the necessary arrangements of having her statement recorded," the director told NDTV.
Main accused Pulsar Sunil's last call has been traced to a prominent producer. Describing the men as "worse than animals" in a Facebook post, top southern star Mohanlal said, "It's time we stop being candle-holding and candle-lighting sympathisers. Such acts should not only be condemned vehemently, but exemplary punishment should be handed out."
Film star Dulquer Salmaan said he felt "sickened and frightened" to his core and his pride about women being treated with respect was shattered. In his post on Facebook, he said, "This is somebody's daughter, somebody's sister... who has brought to life so many wonderful characters to us film lovers."
Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, a leader of the state's ruling CPM has been criticised by opposition parties for describing the incident as an "isolated" one.