Pollachi sexual abuse case: Another woman comes forward, says there are more victims

A horrifying sexual abuse scandal uncovered in Pollachi has left Tamil Nadu reeling. Now, a woman has come forward with fresh allegations, saying her former lover used potentially humiliating photographs to blackmail and extort money from her.

The woman did not name the man in her interview with Puthiya Thalaimurai, which the Tamil channel posted on its Twitter page. But she said he worked for a bus company and that he had admitted to smuggling rice and marijuana.

Interrogating him could lead to more discoveries, she said.

The woman, who has made a formal complaint, told the channel other victims had contacted her but were unwilling to go to the authorities.

“Around 15 girls spoke to me,” she said later in the interview.

Puthiya Thalaimurai said in its report that the woman’s tormentor was not among four people who have already been arrested in the Pollachi case. (See below)

It’s being said the man has a connection to the arrested gang, or that other such groups could be operating in Pollachi, the channel reported on Wednesday.

SCANDAL IN POLLACHI SPARKS FURY

Four people — Thirunavakkarasu, Sathish, Sabariraj and Vasanthkumar — were arrested after a woman student complained last month that they sexually abused her near Pollachi and filmed the act. Police officials told India Today TV that they sexually harassed over 50 women over a period longer than two years.

Thirunavakkarasu’s mother has told Vikatan TV in an interview that he is innocent of wrongdoing, and claims he was framed.

IANS reported this week that the Coimbatore Rural Police believed there were up to 15 people in the criminal network.

The case has now been transferred to the Crime Branch-CID.

Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Haasan sought the Tamil Nadu police chief’s intervention on Tuesday.

The Tamil Nadu government has recommended that the CBI take over, but activists, students and political parties want a judicial probe.

On Wednesday, college students skipped classes and protested in several places in Tamil Nadu, including Pollachi.

Opposition parties have also held protests. Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Haasan sought the Tamil Nadu police chief’s intervention on Tuesday.

In a letter to the police chief, the National Commission for Women has called for “appropriate action” and asked for a report.

Inputs from Lokpria Vasudevan and Shalini Lobo

Updated: March 13, 2019 — 7:18 pm