Actor sexual assault case accused Dileep's cover story in Vanitha kicks up a row

The magazine cover was released on social media at a time when director Balachandra Kumar has levelled fresh allegations against actor Dileep. Director Anjali Menon was left shocked.

Published: 07th January 2022 07:48 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th January 2022 01:22 PM   |  A+A-

Cover page of 'Vanitha' magazine

Cover page of 'Vanitha' magazine

Online Desk

CHENNAI: The cover story on Kerala actor sexual assault case accused, actor Dileep, in the Malayalam magazine Vanitha, which has the tagline "friend and guide to women", has kicked up a row on social media.  

The magazine cover was released on social media at a time when director Balachandra Kumar has levelled fresh allegations against actor Dileep, an accused in the kidnapping and assault of an actress and colleague in 2017. 

Bollywood actress Swara Bhasker was quick to slam Vanitha in her tweet saying that she is ashamed of it.

Meanwhile, prominent actors and directors like Hareesh Peradi, Sandra Thomas and Arun Gopi defended the magazine. Arun Gopi is the director of the movie Ram Leela, starring Dileep. 

Hareesh Peradi commented that if Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan could go to the US for treatment, then Dileep's photo can appear as a cover photo in the magazine. He claimed that a man, even if he is an accused, has the right to give interviews.

Noted Malayalam filmmaker and screenwriter Anjali Menon was left shocked.

"There are a lot of (sexual assault) survivors in our country.  The absolute need of the hour is to tell the story of these survivors. I always wished to see articles reflecting progressive and positive values. Similarly, I wished Vanitha magazine also to cover stories of such courageous women in our society. However, now I doubt if I can expect it from them anymore.  I am shocked to see such a personal profile being glorified in the magazine," she told The New Indian Express.

“This magazine cover only reflects the kind of stand and thought the group has taken in all of its publications,” she added.

The magazine featuring the eighth accused in the case, Dileep, and his family hit the stands on Friday.


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    Shocked to see the cover picture. Glorifying someone who is before the law of the land as an accused. The Magazine did not do justice to common readers. Nothing but money minded.
    9 days ago reply
  • joseph justine

    A rapist is getting partonished in india where as the victim still running for justice. Why this so called magazine (VANITHA) is whitewashing dileep and his sins. everyone knows that he and his family is the culprit. the police and judicial system is not working for delivering Justice & unearthing the truth rather they are giving clean chit to this R@PIST DILEEP.
    9 days ago reply
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