Pollachi Sexual Abuse Case: More than 200 victims harassed and threatened
The Pollachi Sexual Abuse Case which shocked the whole nation is now transferred to Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) by the Tamil Nadu Government upon receiving an outrage from the public. The case which involves almost 200 girl victims had its origins in a complaint of sexual harassment, assault, and robbery in a town in Coimbatore district.
The incident took limelight as the brother of one of the victims named Priya has lodged a complaint against Sabarirajan, Thirunavukkarasu, Sathish and Vasanthkumar under sections 354A (sexual harassment), 354B (assault or use of criminal force against woman with intent to disrobe), and 394 (robbery) of the IPC; section 66E of the IT Act (violation of privacy); and section 4 of the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Sexual Harassment of Women Act (sexual harassment).
The FIR says that on February 12th, a 19-Year-Old Victim living in Pollachi received a call from Sabarirajan, a friend of hers who asked her to meet alone. As she went to meet him at the bus stop, Sabarirajan was waiting with his friend Thirunavukkarasu in a car. In a while, two more friends of Sabarirajan has joined them who forced her to provide them with sexual favors, money and valuable things. They even shot the whole rape and threatened her that they would release it on websites and circulate it on WhatsApp.
Horrified and distorted, Priya didn’t dare to reveal this to the family but somehow shared it with her brother as the men are blackmailing her for money multiple of times. Girl's Brother thrashed Sabarairajan and another Accused and in the process of deleting the video of his sister in Sabarairajan's Mobile, he found out that so many girls were exploited in the same manner. The family submitted this to the Pollachi police, along with a complaint of sexual harassment and robbery.
Upon investigation, the police were shocked to know that it is a massive racket run by the four men, and allegedly several other men. It was also alleged that one of the accused is a member of AIADMK who was later suspended by the Ruling Party.
On the other hand, a writ petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Friday seeking protection of the identity of the victims and for an apex court-monitored probe into the Pollachi sexual assault case.