The shocking sexual abuse scandal unveiled in Tamil Nadu’s Pollachi where over 50 women were lured on social media and then sexually harassed by a group of four people, has left the nation reeling. While the Pollachi case is making headlines for each development, another woman has come forward with her ordeal.
The woman while speaking with a Tamil channel Puthiya Thalaimurai said that her former lover used potentially humiliating photographs to blackmail and extort money from her. The victim alleged that the man worked for a bus company and that he had admitted to smuggling rice and marijuana.
Interrogating him could lead to more discoveries, she said.
The woman, who has made a formal complaint, further said that other victims had contacted her but were unwilling to go to the authorities.
“Around 15 girls spoke to me,” she said later in the interview, which the channel posted on its Twitter page.
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Puthiya Thalaimurai said in its report that the woman’s tormentor was not among four people who have already been arrested in the Pollachi case.
It’s being said the man has a connection to the arrested gang, or that other such groups could be operating in Pollachi.
The Pollachi case came to light three weeks ago after the four accused, all in their 20s, were arrested in February for allegedly blackmailing and sexually harassing a 19-year-old girl.
The accused have been identified as K Thirunavukkarasu (27), N Sabarirajan (25) aka Rishwanth, N Sathish (29) and T Vasanthakumar (24). The mobile phones seized from the accused had videos of at least 40 women who the accused had allegedly blackmailed for money and sexual favours.
The accused were booked under Sections 354 (A) [sexual harassment], 354 (B) [assault or use of criminal force] of the IPC read with 66 (E) of IT Act and Section 4 of Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act.