If you haven’t heard anything about the Pollachi Sex Scandal in the past few days, you are not alone. Despite the horrific nature of the crime, which came to light in February, it hasn’t been widely reported outside the state of Tamil Nadu so far.
The crime was first reported last month after a college student approached the police against four men accusing them of sexual assault and extortion using the rape video they had filmed.
In her complaint, the woman had alleged that the men had invited her in the pretext of a meeting on February 12 and sexually assaulted her in a car.
Based on her complaint four men, identified as Sabarirajan, Vasanthakumar, Sathish and Thirunavukkarasu were arrested by the cops within two weeks.
But the cops had no clue on the magnitude of the crime until they stumbled upon the mobile phones of the rapists. It had videos of more than 40 women in the age group 18-35 including working women and college students.
According to the police, the gang had been sexually assaulting women since 2013 and used the videos to extort money and demand sexual favours. Police believe the gang’s activities remained unreported as the victims didn’t come forward in the fear of shame. Despite the case now surfacing, there is only one case against them, filed by the 19-year-old student.
The gang allegedly used social media to prey on young women, by befriending them and winning over their confidence after which they would invite the unsuspecting victims for dinners, long drives and meetings where they sexually assaulted the women and filmed the act.
The four men arrested men have been booked under the state’s Goondas Act. There are reports that one of the accused, Thirunavukarasu has revealed that there are at least eight men involved in the gang.View image on Twitter
Coimbatore SP Rural R. Pandiarajan on Pollachi sex scandal (more than 50 women lured and sexually harassed by a gang of 4 and the acts videographed): Case has been registered; concerned 4 accused arrested and remanded under Goonda Act1142:12 PM – Mar 12, 201959 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy
The case has also taken a political turn in the state ahead of the elections after it came to light that A Nagaraj, a local leader of the ruling AIADMK was involved in threatening the brother of the complainant after he confronted the rapist.
Pollachi, Coimbatore: DMK leaders and leaders from other political parties participate in the protest over Pollachi sex scandal (more than 50 women lured and sexually harassed by a gang of 4 and the acts videographed). #TamilNadu1107:01 PM – Mar 12, 201930 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy
Police too have come under fire in the case after the investigators revealed the identity of the complainant, which is a violation of the law.
“The name of the survivor in this case was revealed only to silence the other women and prevent them from coming out in the open and complaining,” DMK leader Kanimozhi alleged.