Actor Vijayalakshmi attempted suicide on Sunday, alleging harassment and bullying by followers of Naam Thamizhar party leader Seeman and Panangattu Padai’s Hari Nadar. She is currently under treatment at a Chennai hospital.
Vijayalakshmi is known for films like Friends and Boss Engira Baskaran. She recently made headlines for speaking against Seeman and the torture she was allegedly facing from the actor-turned-politician and his party.
In the video which was uploaded on Sunday evening, Vijayalakshmi said, “This is my last video and I have been in tremendous stress in the last four months because of Seeman and his partymen. I tried my level best to survive all these days because of my mother and sister, but I have been humiliated in the media by Harinadar recently.”
She added, “I would like to tell fans who are watching the video just because I was born in Karnataka, Seeman has tortured me a lot. As a woman, I have put up with it to my highest capabilities. I won’t be able handle the pressure anymore. I am from the Pillai community, the same community LTTE leader Prabhakaran is part of. Prabhakaran is the only reason Seeman is who he is today, but now he has been harassing me on social media continuously. You slut shamed me to make me feel the pain and it is up to me to decide on what to do after facing such insults from you. I request my fans not to let Seeman get away from this case. He should never get anticipatory bail. My death should be a big eye-opener to everyone. I don’t want to be a slave to anybody.”
After Vijayalakshmi posted the video on Facebook, her sister Usha rushed to her residence and with the help of actor Gayathri Raghuram, they admitted Vijayalakshmi to a private hospital in Adyar. According to Gayathri, Vijayalakshmi’s condition is stable now.
Vijayalakshmi is stable now. She has gone through huge trauma because of Social Media abuse and threats. As a single struggling women she has faced a lot. Stop cyber bullying. 🙏. her personal life is betrayed a major reason. World didnt treat her right that pushed her to do this
— Gayathri Raguramm (@gayathriraguram) July 26, 2020
Speaking to the reporters on Sunday, Vijayalakshmi’s sister Usha said continuous harassment by Naam Tamilar Katchi leader Seeman and his partymen provoked her sister to take the extreme step.
“She (Vijayalakshmi) was in a relationship with Seeman for two years. Seeman said he will marry Vijayalaksmi, but after he launched his political party, everything changed. Seeman and his partymen had been harassing her for the past couple of years. We have no enmity with Hari Nadar. He was provoked by Seeman to defame us. A couple of days ago, he posted a video where he said he will cut the tongue of my sister if she continues to talk against Seeman. Ten years back, we lodged a complaint against Seeman. We were forced to withdraw that complaint following death threats. Seeman’s influence prevented Vijayalakshmi from receiving any film opportunities. We moved to Bangalore and even there we were tortured by Seeman. We again came back to Chennai on March 8, 2020 and we lodged a complaint against Seeman. No action has been taken on that till date. We don’t want anything. We just want to live in peace,” she added.
The Adyar Magistrate has recorded Vijayalakshmi’s statement. A complaint has been lodged on behalf of Vijayalakshmi against Seeman at the Adyar police station.
(With inputs from Janardhan Koushik)
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