It came to light yesterday that Vairamuthu, who was accused by several women in the #MeToo movement last year, was to receive an honorary doctorate from SRM University.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was to be the chief guest at the event and deliver the convocation address.
Chinmayi who has been most vocal about the lack of repercussions for men named in #MeToo while women, such as herself, bear severe consequences tweeted about this:
The Defence Minister of India is conferring an honorary degree to Kavignar Vairamuthy named by 9 women so far for having molested them.
Just reiterating – outing KNOWN molesters does NO damage to them. Instead I got banned from working.
— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) December 26, 2019
Supporters of the TN BJP had also been tweeting to the party to reconsider the defence minister’s decision, although that was primarily because Vairamuthu is close to the DMK in TN.
Today, newspapers have reported that Rajnath Singh has cancelled and that the convocation will feature different guests. However, it is not clear if Vairamuthu will still be conferred an honorary doctorate by SRM.