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A R Rahman breaks silence on the #MeToo Movement

A R Rahman recently shared his views regarding the ongoing #MeToo movement in India after his sister AR Raihanah told The News Minute that she had heard stories of acclaimed lyricist Vairamuthu’s sexual misconduct.

Vairamuthu and A R Rahman have worked on several projects including Mani Ratnam’s Roja, for which they both won National Awards.

AR Rahman issues a statement which 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.”

Speaking to the media about allegations against Vairamuthu, AR Raihanah had said: “Several women have told me about Vairamuthu. It is an open secret and a lot of people have faced it.” She also added, that Vairamuthu has “behaved with dignity” with her. “I have not faced it personally. He has behaved with great dignity to me in the few meetings that we have had. How can I blame him? What right do I have? Whoever has experienced harassment must report it.”

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