CHENNAI: Swathi's murder outraged Chennai. But it seems little has changed since; a young woman was, yet again, attacked in public by a man whose "proposals of love" the woman rejected. Luckily, police
said, the victim of Thursday night's attack at the busy Koyambedu bus terminus escaped, albeit with a few cut injuries on her face, and was out of danger.
The incident took place around 8.30 pm. According to police sources, the victim N Sivaranjani, 25, had come to the bus terminus to travel to her native place in Tiruvarur district for the Deepavali holidays, when the assailant waylaid her and picked an argument with her. The assailant was identified by police as one S Aravind Kumar, 32, a former colleague of Sivaranjani.
They had a few heated arguments, and Aravind is said to have pulled out a small knife and slashed Sivaranjani's face.
He then tried to flee but the as the place was bustling with Deepavali travellers, the public and police personnel in the bus terminus managed to nab him.
"The girl was taken to a private hospital nearby and was later discharged," said a police officer.
Police said Aravind had proposed to Sivaranjani when they were earlier working together. She had rejected his proposals and later even changed jobs. But he continued to pursue her.
Based on the complaint Sivaranjani filed, the police booked Aravind and he was remanded in judicial custody for 15 days by a court.