A case of alleged serial sexual assault and blackmail of scores of women by a gang, suspected to be politically influential in Pollachi, has sent shock waves across Tamil Nadu.
"26-year-old Thirunavukkarasu, a financier who was arrested on March 5 for sexually assaulting a college girl in Pollachi along with three of his friends, says in a video, "I would like to say one thing to the department (police), you have filed one false case based on version of one girl, remaining 99 are working for me. please don't trouble them. I will surrender voluntarily after the case is over."
The Pollachi police even issued a public call for women who had been affected by a gang of sexual offenders to file a complaint, but they have not received a single complaint from any woman. The police suspect that Thirunavukkarasu and his three friends had trapped more young girls and sexually assaulted them. They have launched an intense investigation. Police superintendent R Pandiyarajan said that a new victim had been identified from the videos. “Unless the woman, who is married, comes forward to lodge a complaint, we can do nothing,” he said.
“Many other videos could have been erased, we are trying to recover all of them.” The SP said that he had ordered a reinvestigation of suicides of young girls in the last 2 years an officer said, "Victim’s complaint said that one of the four youth spoke to her on Facebook and they became friends. On February 12, both of them had decided to meet during the lunch break in her college. As she met him and entered into his car, three of his friends too joined them. Soon after the car started moving, the youth who invited her had started harassing her sexually while others took videos. They used this video later to blackmail her for more such meetings and money.