Varalaxmi to launch SaveShakti campaign

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Thursday, Mar 02, 2017

Varalaxmi to launch SaveShakti campaign

Actress Varalaxmi Sarathkumar is all set to launch 'Save Shakthi', a campaign for the safety of women in society, with two major demands.

Varalakshmi said, 'My campaign 'Save Shakthi' has a two-point agenda. First I am going to stress on increasing the number of mahila courts to every talk which is now only in the rate of one per district.

'She said it was only due to fewer mahila fast track courts that cases of violence against women increase by the day. 'Only five per cent of the accused get convicted every year, according to statistics. To increase this, we need more mahila courts in every taluk of the State.

'The next demand would be to shorten the time taken by the courts to solve a case and give the verdict. 'I feel that it needs to come up in a time period of six months from the first hearing so that justice is not delayed,' she said, speaking about the campaign.

The actress has chosen to keep this as a campaign for now. She said, 'For now, this campaign would just be a start of it. I will have to wait for some time to just check with the inferences of the campaign. If it does not go well, I will think of a plan-B.' Speaking about sexual harassment persisting in the film industry, Varalakshmi said, 'Not the entire industry is corrupt, but it is spread across the industry.

I am going to approach FEFSI with a demand to create a security entity for women. It can be a seven-member body, including people from the police department, civil society and judiciary.

It will enhance the safety of all women in the industry - from a leading actress or a director to an ordinary make-up artiste.'Further, Varalakshmi invited all women, men and children from society to join her campaign that is going to be launched on International Women's Day, 8 March 2017, at Rajarathinam Stadium, Chennai, from 9 am to 6 pm.On the day, people can sign the petition carrying the two major demands that would be taken up by her for further judicial and legal proceedings, added Varalakshmi.

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