Chennai, July 13(BPNS)
The Tamil Nadu police have constituted a special police team headed by Dindigul Superintendent of Police, Ravali Priya to investigate the alleged gang rape of a 40-year-old woman at Palani on June 19th. The woman from Tamil Nadu and her husband are now staying at Thalassery in the Kannur district of Kerala and were on a pilgrimage to the famous hill shrine of Palani. Lord Murugan is the presiding deity at the temple.
Tamil Nadu Director-General of Police (DGP), C. Sylendra Babu constituted a special team after he received a letter from his counterpart in Kerala, DGP, Anil Kant after the woman and her husband lodged a complaint with the Thalassery police.
According to the FIR, when the husband had gone to the nearby restaurant to buy food for the evening, a three-member gang forcefully took her to the nearby lodge and sexually abused her. Her husband who rushed to her rescue was beaten up by the lodge owner and his goons.
The woman’s husband in his complaint said that they had approached the Palani police, but the police turned them down and again when he approached the police after the woman was released, the officers threatened the family.
The family were traumatized at the incident and after reaching Thalassery, they did not inform on the incident to anyone but as the woman’s health deteriorated, she was taken to a hospital. The hospital authorities informed the police and a formal complaint was registered and the family send an email to the Kerala DGP, Anil Kant.
Thalassery DySP, Moosa Vallikadan told BPNS, “The investigation is on and I have taken the statement of the woman at Government Medical College, Kannur where she is convalescing. However according to medical reports at the Medical College, there are no injuries in her private parts as alleged and it might have healed as the incident took place on June 19, almost three weeks ago.”
Dindigul Superintendent of Police and the head of the Special investigation team, Ravali Priya was not available for comment.