Madurai

Pollachi sexual abuse triggers protests

Students of Government Siddha Medical College staging a dharna on college premises in Tirunelveli on Monday.   | Photo Credit: A. SHAIKMOHIDEEN

The Pollachi sexual abuse incident triggered widespread protest here on Monday in which students of colleges and the advocates participated in the demonstrations organised separately.

Wearing black badges, 450 students of Government Siddha Medical College in Palayamkottai, including 300 girl students, staged a dharna on the college premises for a while since noon before returning to classes.

The protesting students said the probe being conducted by the CBI should be expedited and done in an impartial manner so as to bring all those involved in the crime behind the bars on an early note.

Moreover, the State and the Central Governments should enact stringent laws that should ensure death penalty to those who sexually abuse or assault women either through false promises or coercion, the budding siddha practitioners said.

Over 1,200 students of MDT Hindu College at Pettai boycotted classes and staged a demonstration on the college premises before leaving the college in protest.

Advocates affiliated to Tirunelveli Bar Association boycotted all court proceedings and a section of them staged a demonstration in front of the District Court Complex on the Palayamkottai – Thoothukudi Highway. After completing the unbiased probe, the investigation agency should arrest all the accused, including those who have political affiliations and start the legal formalities in the court to ensure “punitive and unprecedented punishment” to all the accused in near future.

The protesting advocates also demanded registration of case against Superintendent of Police, Coimbatore Rural, R. Pandiarajan “for having supported one of the accused and revealing the identity of one of the victims”.

Government employees also staged a demonstration in protest against the sexual abuse of women at Pollachi.

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