It was a video that had repulsed Chennai. Now, the Chennai Police have arrested two young men who were caught on video harassing girls belonging to the North East, during a match between Chennayin FC and NorthEast United FC in the Jawaharlal Nehru indoor stadium in Chennai held on Thursday.
The accused have been arrested under Section 4 of the Tamil Nadu Prevention of Harassment of Women Act.
The main accused was identified as Tamilchelvan, who is a painter.
In the video, Tamilchelvan can be seen dancing in front of a group of people from the north east, among them three women. His body language clearly obscene, he was seen targeting a woman sitting in front of him. He was seen making several suggestive gestures at her and she finally pushes him.
The second man arrested by Chennai police is Karthik, an engineering student at a college in Avadi. Karthik too was seen in the video, amused and encouraging Tamilchelvanâ€™s dance. The two have been remanded to 15 days in judicial custody.
â€śAfter the video went viral, we had put out a notice asking if anyone could identify who these men were. We also traced the young woman in the video. She gave a statement that they were harassing her. Once we had her statement, we mobilized our search. The two were arrested on Sunday afternoon,â€ť a police officer at the Periamet station told TNM.
The policeman added that they had inspected the CCTV footage and also collected details of ticket purchasing to track the men.
The video of the harassment captured in the stadium in Chennai on Thursday evening, where the Indian Super League match was underway had gone viral, provoking outrage on social media.
Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju had also tweeted about the incident saying that he was following up the case.
In the video, Tamilchelvan gestures obscenely to the girls as the crowd gathered around them simply gawked in amusement.
Condemning the incident, actor John Abraham, owner of the NorthEast United team had said that it was deeply disturbing.
Chennayin FC also condemned the incident and said that they have a strong policy against racism. They further said that they are looking into such incidents and promised of taking strong actions against it.
The video which was first shared on a Facebook page called Indian Football Team- For World CUP had become a talking point on fan pages associated with both Chennayin FC and NorthEast United FC.