While Tamil Nadu Government claims the state to be the safest state for women, the cases reveal what really is going on in the name of women's empowerment and freedom behind the Periyarism veil.
The recent assaults on girls and young women in Tamil Nadu, including love jihad incidents, are an alarming and worrying concern for the parents. The predators are not even sparing the primary standard students to satiate their sexual urges. It is leading to a cultural deterioration that the rot has set in vibrantly. TN is set to become the 'capital of sexual crimes on women' in Bharat.
On March 25, Ambattur police arrested Abdullah, Akbar, Gautham, Babu and Lakshman for sexually assaulting a class 13-year-old VII student for the past three months when she was alone at home. They came at late night and repeatedly raped her. Police booked them under the POCSO act.
A college student was gang-raped by 5- men on March 23 when she was in the company of her boyfriend at Mukkaiyur beach in Ramanathapuram. The gang shot the crime on mobile and took the victim's bracelet and mobile. When police went to arrest them, they hacked the police team with machetes, but police overpowered them. But police booked them for stealing the cell phone and not for rape. They tried to hush up the crime.
On March 16, In Vellore CMC, a woman doctor was gang-raped at knifepoint by three persons, including two juveniles, while the two co-accused held her male colleague. All five have been arrested. After returning to her native place in Bihar, the victim filed a complaint. It has a striking similarity with the sensational Delhi Nirbhaya incident. Vellore incident came to light when two men were involved in a street brawl and spilled the beans to police. They confessed to raping and stealing (mobile phones, gold jewellery and forced them to withdraw Rs.40,000 from ATM). This happened when she was returning to the hostel with her colleague after a late-night movie.
A few days ago, VCK Councilor Veeraswamy (47) took a class 2 girl who was returning from Gunaramanallur government school. He bought the girl some eatables and took her to an isolated place where he assaulted her. He is now booked under the POCSO act.
A 22-year-old Dalit woman from Virudhunagar district was allegedly raped repeatedly for months by eight persons, including two DMK workers and four juveniles, on March 22. A DMK cadre, 50-year-old mason Sivakumar, was arrested for sexually abusing a 3-year-old girl near Palladam last week. In the Theni district, a 9th student committed suicide after being stalked, abducted at knifepoint and sexually assaulted.
In Madurai Valaiyankulam, police arrested a DMK local functionary Veeranan for raping a motherless 16-year-old girl student. He bought a cell phone for the girl and her brother to pursue online education. He contacted her frequently and promised to marry her. After indulging in sexual abuse and he finally raped her. In Trichy, a 41-year-old man was arrested for raping a 12-year old.
Model Mohammed Zaid had lured more than 20 young girls. He later sexually assaulted and shared them to VIPs in Chennai. On March 7, near Madurai, a 17-year old girl who was allegedly enticed to elope on February 14 was drugged and gang-raped, forced to drink poison. She died on March 6. Another plus-2 girl near Salem ended her life on January 17, and a 25-year-old Engineering graduate girl from Ramanathapuram committed suicide on December 9 last year. In Theni district, a 17 Engg. student was kidnapped and raped by Shajahan, a coolie. The list of love jihad is incomplete.
The state government claim Tamil Nadu is the safest state for women and leads in empowering women. But current happenings reveal what really is going on in the name of women's empowerment and freedom behind the Periyarism veil. Under the much-touted 'new dawn rule of DMK, the state is not safe for women.