In the wake of #MeToo movement, the Academy award-winning music composer A. R. Rahman said that some of the names – of the survivors and their alleged predators – have “shocked” him, though the social media offers great freedom, we need to be careful.
Rahman statement comes weeks after Padma Bhushan lyricist Vairamuthu was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, including popular singer Chinmayi. Although he supports the movement and its victims, he cautions about the probable misuse of social media.
Rahman took to Twitter and wrote, “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 endeavours, 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,” he added.
Earlier this month, journalist Sandhya Menon posted screenshots of an unnamed accuser about how Vairamuthu assaulted a woman. A day later, singer Chinmayi Sripaada also claimed that the Tamil lyricist harassed her. Sharing a detailed account on Twitter, she alleged that the incident dates back to 2005 or 2006.