New Delhi: The National Commission for Women (NCW) has taken serious note of the Pollachi serial sex assault and blackmail case, reported ANI on Wednesday. Media reports said the body has asked the Tamil Nadu Director General of Police to initiate action against the accused in the alleged sexual harassment of a woman in Coimbatore.

It is this particular case that reportedly blew the lid off a bigger case. A 19-year-old woman had alleged that unidentified men in Pollachi town of the district recently took her in a car and attempted to unclothe her and videograph it.

She alleged that when she refused to yield to their advances, they started blackmailing her with the video. They later threw her out of the vehicle after snatching her gold chain.

Reports say that investigation and subsequent arrest of four men revealed that they had assaulted several women and also videographed the act so they could be blackmailed later for money or sexual favours.

According to a leading daily, the men arrested were K. Thirunavukkarasu, N. Sabarirajan aka Rishwanth, N. Sathish and T. Vasanthakumar. The mobile phones seized from them revealed videos of at least 40 other women who they 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.

While the four accused have been arrested under the Goonda Act, the NCW has expressed concern about the safety of women in Tamil Nadu. Reacting to the news reports, NCW chief Rekha Sharma sent the notice to Tamil Nadu DGP T K Rajendran to take appropriate action.

“The commission is seriously concerned about the safety and security of the women in the state of Tamil Nadu,” she said in the letter. “Considering the gravity of the matter, it is requested that appropriate action be taken as per the relevant provisions of law against all the accused and a detailed action taken report in the matter be sent to the commission,” she added.