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Updated: February 19, 2013 14:48 IST

House of rape accused stoned

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Policemen in front of the house of one of the accused in the minor girl rape case on Sunday. Photo:S.Siva Saravanan
Policemen in front of the house of one of the accused in the minor girl rape case on Sunday. Photo:S.Siva Saravanan

Neighbours of accused in Ramanathapuram stage protest

Angered by the sexual harassment meted out to a 13-year-old girl, neighbours of the accused in Ramanathapuram staged a protest on Sunday. A few of the protesters also stoned the house of Karuppusamy, one of the five accused.

According to the Ramanathapuram police, in the incident that happened around 11 a.m., the residents, numbering over 200, gathered on Karuppanna Thevar Street and staged a protest.

Punishment

They wanted the trial to be completed at the earliest and the harshest punishment be given to the accused.

As the number of protesters swelled, the police increased their strength and tried to pacify the tensed public.

Member of Legislative Assembly S. Doraisamy, present and former councillors also rushed to the place. They appealed to the public to calm down.

The residents’ protest affected vehicle movement in the area.

Residents of Nanjundapuram, who had been using the road to reach Sungam after the Corporation dug Nanjundapuram Road for underground drainage work, were the most affected.

Medical examination

The police said that they would file an application on Monday before the Judicial Magistrate VI to have the accused undergo medical examination.

Meanwhile, the members of the Youth Congress staged a protest in front of the Coimbatore Railway Station seeking stringent punishment for the accused. The city police removed them.

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Protests from the residents is excellent news but it's sad that they chose to engage in law breaking activities.

While it's great to see that the incident has angered the residents, it is important that this anger is channelised well. In particular, breaking the law to express yourself like vandalising the property of the accused is very wrong. We have judges. let these people use their anger to force the judiciary to deliver a speedy trial and NOT take on the role of judge, jury, and the police.

from:  shahid khan
Posted on: Feb 18, 2013 at 15:54 IST
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