A Malayalam actress has claimed that none of her co-passengers came forward to help her when she raised a cry about a passenger molesting her when she was asleep.
A police case has been filed regarding the matter and the accused has been arrested.
As per the complaint, the actress was molested by Anto Bose, a native of Kanyakumari. Bose was arrested under IPC section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and remanded to judicial custody till 15 February. "At around 1 am, when I was asleep, I felt something on my lips. When I woke up, I saw that (the) man in the opposite berth was feeling my lips. I immediately caught hold of his hand and twisted it. At this time, he was begging me to not make this a big issue. I switched on the light immediately," the police report quoted Sanusha as saying. "Only two passengers, writer Unni and one Ranjith, came to my help. There were many people, including women in the compartment, but no one came forward to help. I was screaming... It's sad how the others behaved,” the actress further said.
"Probably if I had put up a status on Facebook, there would have been many more people showing support, saying, 'I’m with Sanusha' and changing their display pictures. However, as a woman I want members of the community to stand up for me at times when such incidents happen, not just later on social media. It is really disheartening and I have lost faith in the society," The News Minute quoted Sanusha as saying.
The News18 reported also said that the actress wanted others to be learn from her example and fight in such situations. "I want to reveal myself and speak up because I want this to be an encouragement to other women to act when they are in such situations," the report quoted her as saying.
After Zaira Wasim this is the second time something like this has happened, and something needs to be done about it now!