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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 880

Film Star Jayaram's House attacked and torched- Karunanidhi condemned

Sathyalaya Ramakrishnan Reporting from Chennai
Chennai, 07 February, (Asiantribune.com):

The Chennai City Police on Saturday registered a case against the controversial Tamil film director and Strong supporter of LTTE, Seeman for indulging in violence and a mob belongs to his Tamil Protective outfit attacked and torched the house of famous Malayalam actor Jayaram, for his derogatory remarks against Tamil women.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, T' Nagar Range, K Periaiyah said, that the police arrested 12 persons involved in the violence and hunting for more others.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi yesterday afternoon condemned the attack on Jayaram’s house for his remarks about Tamil women and said police would not remain mute spectators to such acts.

Asked for his comments on the attack, Mr Karunanidhi told media persons that if the actor had made some denigrating remarks against Tamil women it deserves to be condemned.

''Since Jayaram had sought an open and unconditional apology, let's follow late Chief Minister C N Annadurai's policy of ''forget and forgive'', and put an end to the issue'', he added.

However the act of violence cannot be tolerated and the government cannot allow anybody to take law in to their hands, Karunanidhi cautioned.

A group of people, said to be activists of Nam Tamizhar Iyakkam of Director Seeman, attacked the house of Actor Jayaram, at Valasarawakkam and damaged window panes and set fire to chairs. Police sources, quoting initial reports, said at least twelve persons were arrested after they attacked the actor's house.

Naam Tamizhar Iyakkam was founded by film director Seeman who had been espousing the cause of Sri Lankan Tamils and supporting the banned LTTE.

The attack was apparently triggered by the popular Malayalam and Tamil Actor's controversial remarks made during an interview to a Malayalam TV channel last week in which he reportedly described his domestic help as 'dark, fat, buffalo-like Tamil woman.

' Various organisations and activists demanded unconditional apology from him following which, Jayaram flown to Chennai from Keral this morning and met the press in his resident and said his remarks had been misinterpreted.

He said it was a mere joke and not aimed at hurting the sentiments of anyone. ''I have been in the Tamil film industry for 23 years and never have I hurt the feelings of Tamils. If at all, my recent comments had disturbed women folk, I set out to seek an apology'', he said.

"The only valuable properties of Film actors are the Awards , Shields and Mementos we receive from the government and from other functions. All those of mine were damaged including the Medals earned by my children from the President of India at Delhi. I am terribly hurt. We can't get back those", Jayaram said with tears.

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