Chennai, March 13: National Commission for Women, NCW has come across a news item captioned “Pollachi sexual abuse case: Goondas Act invoked against the accused” appeared in media wherein it's reported that several girls, women from schools and colleges harassed & filmed video used to blackmail them
The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday decided to transfer investigation into over 50 cases of sexual abuse against women in Pollachi against four accused persons to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), following massive outrage by people in the state.
Yesterday, an order was passed by Tamil Nadu DGP TK Rajendran, approving the transfer of the sexual assault case to the CID. The main accused in the case also had his bail plea cancelled today.
Police claimed that all the arrested individuals are repeat offenders who targeted women students on social media and trapped them. They would invite the women for long drives or dinners and later sexually abuse them after winning their trust.
However, the case will now be transferred to the CBI following demands made by state opposition parties and prominent personalities.
Meanwhile, the district collector of Coimbatore, K Rajamani, has invoked provisions under the Goondas Act against all of the accused individuals in the Pollachi assault case.
According to the provisions under the Goondas Act, any person can be detained without bail for a period that can be extended after one year.
While a total of eight arrests were made in connection with the case in Pollachi, located in Tamil Nadu's northwestern Coimbatore district, only four were booked under sections sexual harassment (354 A), assault (354 B).