The alleged torture and resultant death of a father and son in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin has sparked huge outrage on social media and several political leaders across the country has sought justice for the two.
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) June 26, 2020
P Jayaraj and his son Beniks were arrested last Friday for violating the lockdown norms and died at a hospital four days later. The relatives of the two have alleged that they were severely thrashed at the Sathankulam police station by police personnel and there were signs of toruture including a bleeding rectum, tufts of hair pulled from the chest among others. Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra, Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani, cricketer Shikhar Dhawan and Tamil actor Jayram Ravi were some of those who tweeted in support of getting justice for the two.Dear Bollywood celebrities, have you heard what happened in Tamil Nadu or does your instagram activism only extend for other countries? The George Floyds of India are far too many. The story of such police violence & sexual abuse is just heartbreaking.
Dear Bollywood celebrities, have you heard what happened in Tamil Nadu or does your instagram activism only extend for other countries? The George Floyds of India are far too many. The story of such police violence & sexual abuse is just heartbreaking. #JusticeForJeyarajAndFenix
— Jignesh Mevani (@jigneshmevani80) June 26, 2020
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also condoled the death calling it a tragedy when protectors turn into oppressors. “Police brutality is a terrible crime. It’s a tragedy when our protectors turn into oppressors. I offer my condolences to the family of the victims and appeal to the government to ensure justice,” Gandhi tweeted.
Horrified to hear about the brutality inflicted upon Jeyaraj & Fenix in Tamil Nadu. We must raise our voice and make sure justice is given to the family. 🙏 #JusticeForJeyarajAndFenix
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) June 26, 2020
The incident has led to protests in Tamil Nadu and the state has suspended four policemen. In Tuticorin, shops were closed as a mark of protest.
#JusticeForJeyarajAndFenix No one is above the law, justice must be done for this inhuman act.
— Jayam Ravi (@actor_jayamravi) June 25, 2020
Chief Minister EK Palaniswami, who holds the home portfolio, announced a Rs 20 lakh as compensation and a job for the family but did not make a mention of the torture. The case has been taken up by the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court.