A Madurai-based human rights organisation has demanded action against the accused, after a 30-year-old Dalit woman was reportedly sexually assaulted when she went to a PDS outlet in a caste Hindu dominated locality in Adhanakuruchi in Ariyalur district.
A case was later registered by the Ariyalur all women police under various sections of the IPC and the prevention of atrocities (SC/ST) Act. Subsequently, police arrested Gopi and produced him in the Jayankondam court, which remanded him in judicial custody. Latha is currently undergoing treatment in the Ariyalur Government Hospital.
Evidence, the Madurai-based organisation working for the rights of Dalits, investigated the issue and found Latha’s claims to be true.
It has recommended the State government to detain Gopi under the Goondas Act, without giving him bail until his prison term gets completed. The organisation has also demanded a compensation of Rs 25 lakh and pension of Rs 10,000 per month to the victim. It has also urged the National Commission for Women to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident.