Govt names Pollachi victim, sparks controversy

  • | Friday | 15th March, 2019

CHENNAI: An order issued by the state government, transferring the Pollachi sexual harassment case to the CBI , is mired in controversy as it had named the victim and her college. The opposition accused the AIADMK government of shielding the culprits.So far four persons have been detained under the goondas act in the case. Officers privy to the investigation said the four arrested are suspected to be part of a larger gang that preyed on students, working women and housewives in Pollachi since 2012, befriending them on social media and shooting videos of them and blackmailing them for sex and money. The order cited a communication issued by the DGP quoting Coimbatore superintendent of police as saying on February 24 that a complaint was given by a girl student of a college in Pollachi alleging that she was sexually harassed and robbed of her gold chain by a group of men inside a car.The victim was named again when the DGP, in his communication, said the girl's brother complained to the Pollachi east police station on February 26 that he had been assaulted and threatened with murder by the accused.A day after the state government transferred the case that involved more than 400 women to the CBI, the CB-CID police requested people who have proof of video, photos or audio to submit them before the deputy commissioner of police, CB-CID office, on Avinashi Road in Coimbatore.Meanwhile, sporadic protests by students broke out across the state seeking action against the accused in the case.The government had come under pressure after protests erupted across the state demanding action against the sexual predators until the 19-year-old girl student summoned up the courage to complain against them.

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