KARUR/THANJAVUR: Instances of violence against women reported from Karur and Thanjavur in the past two days shed light on the fact that women in Tamil Nadu’s hinterland are not safe either beside their hearth or at their workplaces.
In the first case, a sexagenarian was sexually assaulted by an inebriated 30-year-old man at Ammaiyappagoundanur in Karur district in the wee hours of Wednesday. The accused was nabbed by locals and subjected to mob justice before being handed over to the police.
The matter came to light when the residents of Ammaiyappagoundanur woke up to the cries of a woman. On searching the vicinity, the locals found out that the screams were coming from the house of Veerammal (65) and rushed to her aid.
On reaching the spot, the residents found Vishwanathan (30) trying to force himself on her, and nabbed him. While the information was passed on to the police, the residents, in the meantime, beat up Vishwanathan to a pulp.
Preliminary investigations revealed that K Vishwanathan, a JCB driver of Veliyanai, was inebriated while committing the crime. Vishwanathan was loitering in the area after his work when he saw Veerammal (65), wife of Ramasamy and resident of Ammaiyappagoundanur, sleeping alone in front of her home around 2.30 am. He crept up to her and attempted to rape the woman when her cries alerted the neighbours. Vishwanathan was living separately after his wife left him 7 years ago.