Bangla star Bishan Kumar, who starred in the 2013 film Bishangam, has spoken out about the violence against his fans, after his character is raped in one of his songs.
Kumar, a member of the Kondal community of Tamil Nadu, said he was shocked by the incident, which he wrote in his song ‘Kishu Thakal’.
“It was the last song, so I wrote about rape.
The rape happens in the song, but it’s not the truth.
We are all like this.
But it’s something I was too scared to write,” he said.
“I’ve written about it in my songs and it’s always been in the back of my mind, but I didn’t know what to do.
I wrote ‘rape’, and I was shocked when I saw it.
I was so scared,” he added.
While he has written about his experience, Kumar has never spoken publicly about it before.
The singer, who also starred in ‘Dance of the Vast’, told the News.net.au website that the rape in the movie was a “sad and painful” experience for him.
He said he would write about it “when I get over it”.
Kondal is a dominant community in Tamil Nadu’s northern state of Tamilnadu, which is home to the country’s largest Muslim community.
Many Bangla-speaking Indians say they were assaulted during their migration to the region in the 1960s and 1970s, after the government gave permission for their families to migrate to other parts of the country.
Bangladesh, India’s neighbour and former colony, is also home to some Bangla communities, with some claiming that they have suffered similar violence in recent years.
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, a longtime friend of Kumar, has also condemned the rape.