Hundreds of college students, lawyers and members of women’s organisations in the State took to the streets on Wednesday demanding action against the accused in the Pollachi sexual abuse case. Students boycotted classes and staged sit-ins demanding stringent punishment.
Protests rippled across Coimbatore and Tiruppur districts condemning the offenders and seeking protection for women. Students of the government arts colleges in Coimbatore and Udumalpet in Tiruppur boycotted classes and staged a demonstration seeking the arrest of all the persons involved in the scam.
In some places, the students had to be removed by the police by evening.
Advocates practising in Coimbatore staged a demonstration outside the court complex seeking an inquiry committee with a woman judge of the Madras High Court as its head to probe the case.
In Chennai, over 300 students from Pachaiyappa’s College, students from New College and Government Arts College, Nandanam, Dr. MGR University protested on the road seeking action against the perpetrators. In Tiruvannamalai, more than 250 students of Government Arts College staged a demonstration.
Members of Democratic Youth Federation of India, All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) and students staged protests at different places in Tiruchi, Pudukottai and Thanjavur districts demanding stern action against those involved in the case. A group of students of MIET College on the outskirts of Tiruchi staged a demonstration while members of DYFI and AIDWA attempted to lay siege to the Collectorate in Tiruchi to express their condemnation.
In Pudukottai town, members of the All India Democratic Women’s Association, Democratic Youth Federation of India, Students Federation of India, DMK and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi formed a human chain was formed seeking stern action against the accused involved in the crime. AIDWA members organised a protest in Thanjavur also.