Why Are We Not Outraging Over the Pollachi Sex Abuse Scandal?

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Why Are We Not Outraging Over the Pollachi Sex Abuse Scandal?

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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here’s a lot going on in Tamil Nadu right now. With the Lok Sabha elections next month, Congress President Rahul Gandhi stopped by on Wednesday to address a college in Chennai on his campaign tour. It’s an especially important state for Gandhi, who has allied with the regional opposition, DMK. His speech touched upon issues of funding for education, employment, and how women are respected more in South India.

Call it irony or ignorance, but Gandhi failed to mention the real scandal that has rocked the state for the last few weeks – a scandal that saw thousands of students protesting: The revelation of a coordinated sexual assault ring that has been targeting young women in the town of Pollachi. According to local police, “one of the men from a gang would befriend a woman on social media and lure her to some secluded place, where he would be joined by other friends.” The whole group would then overpower and sexually assault her, taking videos and pictures to use as fodder for blackmail.

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