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'Social media offers great freedom for victims to speak up'

October 23, 2018 12:00 IST

'We should be careful in creating a new Internet justice system in case it's misused.'

A R Rahman believes India's #MeToo movement has the power to make the entertainment industry cleaner and respectful of women.

The 51-year-old Oscar-winning composer, who shared his views on the campaign on Monday night via social media, said his aim has always been to create a safe working environment for everyone.

'Been observing the #metoo movement ...Some of the names have shocked me... both the victims and their perpetrators...I would love to see our industry become cleaner and respectful of women... More power to all the victims coming forward!!'

'In all my endeavors my team and I are committed to creating an environment where everyone finds a safe creative space to bring their best, evolve and succeed.'

'Social media offers great freedom for victims to speak up, however we should be careful in creating a new Internet justice system, in case it's misused."

Rahman's statement comes weeks after his long-time collaborator Tamil lyricist Vairamuthu was accused of predatory behaviour by multiple women, including singer Chinmayi Sripaada.

 

India's #MeToo movement began when actress Tanushree Dutta revived a decade-old allegation of harassment against Nana Patekar, accusing him of sexual misconduct on the sets of a 2008 film.

Following Dutta's allegations, many from the Indian film industry -- including wellknown personalities like Vikas Bahl, Alok Nath, Subhash Ghai, Sajid Khan -- have been accused of sexual harassment.

Photograph: Kind courtesy Priyanka Chopra/Instagram

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