The death of 34-year-old Usha and 18-year-old Aswini has left TN shocked.

 Rajinikanth off to the Himalayas again fails to comment on raging issue of womens safety
news Women's Safety Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 12:37

Actor turned politician Rajinikanth is making his way to the Himalayas once again, a decade old practice which coincides with important events in his life. So, it comes as no surprise that he has chosen this time to leave, with his political journey beginning and two movies set to release.

When members of the media spoke to the superstar in the airport, he slowed down to take a couple of questions.

When asked if he will make important political announcements once he returns, the actor denied it. And when asked about his impending journey, he says, "For a minimum of 15 days. I will decide the rest when I get there."

It is the next question, which he failed answer, that has started a huge debate on social media.

One of the reporters asks his views on violence against women in the state. His question begins with, "Two women have died one after the other in the state..."

However before he finishes, Rajinikanths says 'Vanakkam' (Thank you) and walks away.

The reporter was referring to two recent deaths in the state. The first being the 'murder' of 34-year-old Usha in Trichy, after a police inspector kicked the bike she was travelling in with her husband. According to the family, the officer was enraged because Raja, the husband had left the toll gate where he was stopped for not wearing a helmet, without police permission.

The second incident, which happened on Friday, was yet another murder by a stalker. An 18-year-old college student was publicly attacked and her throat slit in broad daylight in Chennai's KK Nagar. The crime which comes two years after the murder of a young techie in Nungambakkam, has shocked the state because it was carried out despite the victim having given a complaint about the harassment to the police.

Several have taken to social media to question why Rajinikanth has failed to condemn the incidents or speak up for women's safety.



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