Sexual Abuse
BJP member Sivaguru Durairaj was the Correspondent at the nursing college the 19-year-old was studying at.
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BJP member and the Correspondent of Goodman’s College of Nursing (private) in Sivaganga, 61-year-old Sivaguru Durairaj, was arrested by Sivaganga Town All Women Police Station on Thursday for allegedly repeatedly raping and threatening one of his students. 

The arrest was made based on a complaint filed by the woman who is now four months pregnant. An FIR under IPC section 376 (Rape) has been filed against the BJP member who is also reportedly the party’s Art and Culture leader in Sivaganga district. 

In her complaint, the 19-year-old woman has stated that Sivaguru Durairaj had allegedly promised her more marks in return for sexual favours and had also threatened to kill her if she dared to expose him. 

The victim, who recently passed out from the college after completing her nursing course, had gotten married earlier last month on September 11. Her husband, who is employed outside country, left to join work 20 days after their marriage. When she complained of persistent stomach issues, she was taken to the doctor by her mother-in-law. After the test results and scans confirmed her being four months pregnant, the woman opened up about the sexual abuse to her mother-in-law.

Speaking to TNM, a police officer from Sivaganga says that the case is being probed to establish the nature of the harassment. “We do not know for how long this has been happening or if there are more victims. Investigations are being carried out.”

The case is being investigated by Sivaganga Town All Women Police.