The Thiruvanmiyur police in Chennai have arrested Hari Nadar, coordinator, Panangattu Padai Katchi, for allegedly sexually harassing a actor Vijayalakshmi in 2020. Hari Nadar has been arrested on charges of harassment and threatening the actor. She had attempted to die by suicide, citing his harassment as the reason.
In July 2020, the actor had alleged that Nadar had harassed her, after being allegedly instigated by Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) leader Seeman. Hari Nadar alias Gopalakrishna Nadar, aged 39, hails from Tirunelveli and is the founder of the Panangattu Padai Katchi. He contested as an independent candidate from Alangulam constituency in the 2021 Assembly elections and lost.
Nadar was arrested in May 2021 by the Bengaluru Crime Branch Police for allegedly cheating a businessman of Rs 7 crore under the pretext of getting him a loan of Rs 360 crore, according to a TOI report. He was then lodged at the Parappana Agrahara Central Jail.
Vijayalakshmi had attempted suicide in 2020 and recovered after being admitted to a private hospital. When Thiruvanmiyur police investigated the case, the actor alleged that NTK leader Seeman, whom she claimed was in a relationship with her in the past, had instigated Hari Nadar to harass her, after which she attempted to take her own life.
The Thiruvanmiyur police arrested Nadar in Bengaluru on Wednesday, January 19. He will be produced before a metropolitan magistrate court in Tamil Nadu.
If you are aware of anyone facing mental health issues or feeling suicidal, please provide help. Here are some helpline numbers of suicide prevention organisations that can offer emotional support to individuals and families.
State health department's suicide helpline: 104
Sneha Suicide Prevention Centre - 044-24640050 (listed as the sole suicide prevention helpline in Tamil Nadu)
Life Suicide Prevention: 78930 78930
Roshni: 9166202000, 9127848584
Sahai (24-hour): 080 65000111, 080 65000222
Maithri: 0484 2540530
Chaithram: 0484 2361161
Both are 24-hour helpline numbers.
State government's suicide prevention (tollfree): 104
Roshni: 040 66202000, 6620200
SEVA: 09441778290, 040 27504682 (between 9 am and 7 pm)
Aasara offers support to individuals and families during an emotional crisis, for those dealing with mental health issues and suicidal ideation, and to those undergoing trauma after the suicide of a loved one.
24x7 Helpline: 9820466726
Click here for working helplines across India.