In July 2020, actor Vijayalakshmi said that she had attempted to die by suicide, citing his harassment as the reason.

Hari Nadar wearing a white shirt and several thick gold chainsScreengrab | Bingoo Box
news Crime Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 11:08

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.

Tamil Nadu

State health department's suicide helpline: 104

Sneha Suicide Prevention Centre - 044-24640050 (listed as the sole suicide prevention helpline in Tamil Nadu)

Andhra Pradesh

Life Suicide Prevention: 78930 78930

Roshni: 9166202000, 9127848584

Karnataka

Sahai (24-hour): 080 65000111, 080 65000222

Kerala

Maithri: 0484 2540530

Chaithram: 0484 2361161

Both are 24-hour helpline numbers.

Telangana

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.

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