Over 50 women were lured and sexually harassed by a gang of four operating in Pollachi, Tamil Nadu. The reported political linkage in the assault case has prompted Kamal Haasan to lash out at chief minister Palaniswami
Chennai: Makkal Needhi Maiam chief and Kollywood actor Kamal Haasan lashed out at Tamil Nadu's ruling party All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) over its alleged links and inaction in connection with the Pollachi sexual assault case.
A video, posted on his Twitter account said, "This is a country where gods lived and fought if something happened to their wives. How are you going to wipe the insult made to your Amma Mr Edappadi K Palaniswami?" Haasan was referring to Tamil Nadu's former chief minister J Jayalalithaa.
Over 50 women were lured and sexually harassed by a gang of four and the acts were captured on video. The gang allegedly blackmailed victims using videos.
Four accused persons identified as Sabarirajan, Sathish, Thirunavukarasu, and Vasan Kumar were arrested in the case. The expelled AIADMK functionary, Nagaraj, is also an accused.
The Crime Branch of Chennai Police on Thursday registered a FIR against Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president MK Stalin's son-in-law Sabareesan, who is also an accused in the case.
"When Nirbhaya incident occured, former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa released a statement saying, sexual incidents against women should be considered as a rarest of rare case and will be investigated by high-level police officers. How does this government who ruled in the name of Amma remain silent?" Haasan said.
He further questioned the police administration for handling the case “carelessly” by revealing the name of a survivor. "The SP who is investigating the case has admitted that he revealed the name of the survivor by mistake in a press conference. Don't you think he went against the law? But the government is silent about this too?" Haasan said.
"The survivor's video has been leaked. But, how has it been leaked when police are saying that the accused have deleted the videos? Who released these videos and for what reason?" he asked chief minister of Tamil Nadu Palaniswami adding that there is a "limit" for everything.
Continuing his tirade against the chief minister, he asked Palaniswami: "Can you tell me what steps the government has taken to help the survivors and ensure women's safety in the state."
"Mr chief minister, all these questions are for you. There is a limit for everything," Haasan added.
Last Updated 2:37 PM IST