With her or with him? How the sexual attack of an Indian actor inspired a powerful feminist movement

Kerala, India (CNN)After Rima Kallingal’s friend and fellow actor was abducted and sexually assaulted in early 2017, she remembers watching the media coverage of the attack in horror. Today, the group’s membership features some of the biggest female names in Mollywood — as the Malayalam-language film industry in the southern Indian state of Kerala is known — as well as technicians and lesser-known actors. The WCC predates Hollywood’s Times Up campaign, which was sparked by multiple allegations of sexual assault against powerful director Harvey Weinstein and others in the #MeToo movement. Weinstein has repeatedly denied all allegations against him. It also comes at a time when feminist activist movements are gaining ground in Kerala. In January 2019, millions of women …