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MeToo: AR Rahman speaks up in support of the movement; says he is shocked at Vairamuthu's name

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Shifa Khan | Updated on: 23 Oct 2018, 01:25:18 PM
MeToo: AR Rahman speaks up in support of the movement; says he is shocked at Vairamuthu's name

MeToo: AR Rahman speaks up in support of the movement; says he is shocked at Vairamuthu's name

New Delhi:

In the wake of #MeToo movement, a number of celebrities have come forward showing their support for the victims. A recent addition to the list is Academy Award-winning music composer, AR Rahman.

Music composer AR Rahman on Monday tweeted in support of the #MeToo movement and said he was shocked at some of the names of the victims as well as the alleged perpetrators. Rahman encouraged others with complaints to come forward but also cautioned against the misuse of a “new internet justice system”.

Including Mani Ratnam's Roja, AR Rahman and Vairamuthu have churned out numerous hit songs together. They form one of the legendary combos in K-Town. When sexual allegations against Vairamuthu started pouring in, all eyes were on AR Rahman, expecting his stand on the issue. AR Rahman has finally broken his silence on the #MeToo allegations against Vairamuthu.

Rahman shared his statement hours after his sister AR Raihanah told The News Minute that she had heard stories of acclaimed lyricist Vairamuthu's sexual misconduct.

AR Rahman's statement read: "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... 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." Here's the complete post shared by him:

The Indian page of #MeToo movement has managed to stand out as one of the effective tool to fight the disparity of social stigmas and tyrannical abuse in India bringing out well-known names being highlighted for their share in abuse, injustice and atrocities.

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First Published : 23 Oct 2018, 01:25:08 PM