Reacting to the shocking news of the sexual assault of an 11-year-old Chennai girl, DMK working president MK Stalin expressed his concern over the incident, which was exposed on Tuesday.
In a statement released by his office, Stalin has demanded that the 17 men, who have been accused of sexually assaulting the girl for months, be given the strongest punishment and that government assistance is meted out to the victim's family.
"The government should ensure the safety of women across Tamil Nadu. The onus is on the government to protect women and ensure speedy trial and justice to the victim,” his statement read.
The incident, which rattled the city involves an 11-year-old with disabilities, who was allegedly sexually abused by multiple men in a Chennai apartment, over a span of seven months. The survivor was allegedly drugged with injections and forced to consume spiked drinks by the perpetrators, who also allegedly videographed the act and threatened her not to confide in her parents.
The crime came to light when the girl informed her sister of a stomach pain.
The 17 men, who worked as security guards, plumbers and maintenance staff in and around the apartment complex, were taken into police custody.
Speaking to the reporters after the incident, G Mohanakrishnan, president of the Madras High Court Advocates Association, said, “We have decided to not represent the accused in any trial in relation to this case. If any of them represent them, they will be removed from the association.”