The survivor in the Kerala actor sexual assault case has spoken up for the first time in public. Taking to her social media, she put out a statement.
"This has not been an easy journey. The journey from being a victim to becoming a survivor", she wrote.
She added that there have been a number of attempts to silence her.
"For 5 years now, my name and my identity have been suppressed under the weight of the assault inflicted on me. Though I am not the one who has committed the crime, there have been many attempts to humiliate, silence and isolate me. But at such times I have had some who stepped forward to keep my voice alive. Now when I hear so many voices speak up for me I know that I am not alone in this fight for justice".Survivor of Kerala assault case
She concluded by thanking everyone who stood with her in her fight. "To see justice prevail, to get wrongdoers punished and to ensure no one else goes through such an ordeal again, I shall continue this journey. For all those who are standing with me – a heartfelt thank you for your love".
Actors Prithviraj, Tovino Thomas, Parvathy, Nimisha Sajayan lent their support by sharing the survivor's statement on their social media handles.
Earlier, the survivor's statements have been made through the official page of the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC).
The Kerala Police are further investigating the case in which actor Dileep is one of the accused. In fresh allegations against Dileep, a filmmaker who claims to be his friend has alleged that one of the accused, 'Pulsar' Suni, had visited Dileep's place just weeks before the incident took place. He has also released audio clips featuring Dileep and his coterie.
The survivor was assaulted in a moving vehicle in Kochi in February 2017.