Rishi Kumar Mishra,
Director, Central Bureau of Investigation
The news about the women who have been sexually abused in Pollachi, Tamil Nadu, which involves over 50 girls is shocking beyond belief and needs to be investigated immediately.
Going by the news, all the girls were befriended by one of the accused on social media. They were then called to a spot where each of the girls was assaulted whilst the three other men involved recorded the assault in the form of videos.
Further, the women were asked for sexual favours and extorted for money. It appears that at least four men are accused in this racket.
What is even more disturbing is that the authorities in Tamil Nadu including the police have been extremely callous in ensuring the girl’s privacy despite a clear Supreme Court direction making it clear that a survivor’s identity needs to be kept safeguarded. And for good measure.
But, instead, in complete violation of the law, the Superintendent of Police, R. Pandiarajan revealed the whistleblower’s name (a 19-year-old survivor), and even gave away her educational credentials and address.
The Tamil Nadu government has now officially transferred the case of the #PollachiSexualAbuse girls to the CBI!
The stakes are very high. The situation is extremely volatile. And scores of girls remain vulnerable till the accused are brought to book.
Given the nature of the scandal, I urge you to ensure there is a high-ranking woman official as a part of the investigation team.
As a deeply concerned citizen, I urge you to expedite this investigation on the #PollachiSexualAbuse cases.
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