Chennai: The infamous Pollachi sexual assault and blackmail case has been transferred to CB-CID with Tamil Nadu DGP T K Rajendran passing the order on Tuesday. (Also read: 2012 Delhi Gangrape Convicts Likely to File Curative Petition Challenging Capital Punishment)
Talking about the serial assault case where over 50 women were lured, sexually harassed by a gang of four and then videographed during the act, Coimbatore SP Rural R. Pandiarajan said that a case had been registered. The four accused had been arrested and were remanded under the Goonda Act.
According to a leading daily, the Police arrested K. Thirunavukkarasu, N. Sabarirajan aka Rishwanth, N. Sathish and T. Vasanthakumar last month and charged them with sexually assaulting a girl and filming the act.
However, the mobile phones seized from them revealed videos of at least 40 other women who these men had allegedly blackmailed for money and sexual favours.
They were booked under Sections 354 (A) (sexual harassment), 354 (B) (assault or use of criminal force) of the IPC read with 66 (E) of IT Act and Section 4 of Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act.
The release of the video clipping sent the state into a tizzy with political leaders demanding action against the perpetrators.
As a fallout, said a report, the AIADMK expelled ‘Bar’ Nagaraj, a Pollachi functionary. The party charged him with bringing disrepute to the organisation. Nagaraj was arrested on charges of assaulting the brother of the complainant in the case but is out on bail.
Meanwhile, a 24-year-old sweeper was arrested from Delhi’s Dwarka area for allegedly raping his minor sister for three years, the police said.
The man also impregnated his now 17-year-old sister and then gave her pills to terminate the pregnancy. The crime was reported by the residents of the house where the girl works as domestic help. They took notice of her injuries and after inquiring from her, they found out that she was being assaulted by her elder brother.
A case was registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).