QChennai: Pollachi Sexual Assault Case Transferred to CBI & More
Here is your roundup of top stories from Chennai.
1. TN Govt Decides to Transfer Pollachi Sex Scandal Case to CBI
Tightening the screws on a gang that allegedly sexually harassed and blackmailed a 19-year-old woman in Coimbatore district, police on Tuesday, 12 March, booked four accused under the Goondas Act even as the Tamil Nadu government decided to handover the case to the CBI.
The case, which assumed political overtones after a local functionary of ruling AIADMK allegedly attacked the victim’s brother, drew outrage with opposition parties led by DMK latching on to it ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. The AIADMK subsequently expelled the functionary who had been arrested in the attack case.
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2. Nirmala Devi, Accused in Sex for Cash Scandal, Granted Bail by Madras HC
Nirmala Devi, the main accused in the sex-for-cash scandal, was granted bail by the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday, 12 March. This comes more than a week after the Tamil Nadu government told the high court it had no objection to Nirmala Devi being granted bail. Justice Dhandapani had granted bail observing that the investigation is complete, the charge sheet has also been also filed and government has no objection.
On 16 April 2018, Nirmala Devi, a former Assistant Professor in an arts college in Aruppukkottai, was arrested for trying to lure girl students to provide sexual favours to ‘higher officials’ of Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) in exchange for money, grades and career opportunities.
(Source: The News Minute)
3. Chennai Mill Owner Booked for Sexually Assaulting Minor
A week after a group of bonded labourers were rescued from a saw mill, the police found that the 13-year-old daughter of a bonded labourer couple was being sexually assaulted over several weeks by the owner. The 48-year-old owner has now been booked under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
However, the incident first came to light only when an NGO tipped off the Kancheepuram revenue divisional officers about bonded labourers working at the saw mill. The labourers were employed for low salary and after the rescue, were sent to government hospital for a medical check-up. “It was then, the doctor found that the minor girl was sexually assaulted for several weeks,” said the police officer.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
4. ‘Submit Plea for Inclusion of Names Before March 16’
The Chennai District Election Office has requested electors to submit applications before 16 March for inclusion of names on the electoral rolls for this Lok Sabha election. “We need 10 days to process the applications. So we request electors to submit applications before 16 March. We will process the applications before 26 March,” said an official.
Data entry operations in the city remains a challenge as more than 80,000 people are waiting to be included in the rolls for these Lok Sabha elections. An estimated 4 lakh residents have problems relating to electoral rolls in the metropolitan area.
(Source: The Hindu)
5. Chennai Man Kills Neighbour Over Affair with Wife
A 28-year-old man allegedly killed his neighbour after learning that his wife had left him and was residing with the neighbour in Sriperumbudur. Police said Balaji and his wife Vanitha (25) had a one and-a-half-year old son.
“Balaji suspected his wife to be in a relationship with their neighbour Ganapathy (36). Recently, Vanitha had gone missing, leaving her son with the husband,” said a police officer. “On Sunday, Balaji learnt that Vanitha and Ganapathy had rented a house in the same locality and were living together. Angered over this, Balaji allegedly killed the man in his house and escaped,” added the officer.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
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