Police yet to act on harassment complaint

R. Kaliammal, 62, was found hanging at her residence on Friday after a ‘katta panchayat’ (Kangaroo court) imposed a fine of Rs. 5,000 on her.

She was the wife of the Kollur village leader.

When contacted, R. Shanmugam son of the deceased told The Hindu that his sister R. Pechiammal lodged a complaint with the Kandikuppam police against some persons for attacking her mother for a petty reason a few weeks ago.

Irked over this, the ‘katta panchayat’ was convened and the fine imposed as registering a police complaint was in violation of the village rules.

Disgraced over this, the woman had allegedly committed suicide. She was taken to the Government hospital, but the doctors declared that she was brought dead.

Angry over this, Pechiammal again lodged a complaint with the police that the fine imposed by the ‘katta panchayat’ had lead to the suicide of her mother.

Case registered

Kandikuppam police have registered a case under Sections 384 (Extortion) and 306 (Abetment of suicide) of Indian Penal Code against 15 persons. Superintendent of Police S.R. Senthil Kumar told The Hindu that the police would take stern action against such unlawful and extra-judiciary panchayats, as it would lead to several communal issues.

All Inspectors in the district have been instructed to take stern against those who hold such panchayats.