VILLUPURAM: A woman sat at the entrance of the Collectorate on Monday with her newborn child, demanding action against her lover, who refused to marry her after getting her pregnant, and sought action on the police officials who refused to act on her complaint.
According to a source, the woman, Manjula of Nallapalayam village near Tirukoilur, who delivered of a girl child about 20 days ago, came to Villupuram Collectorate with the child on Monday.
Blocking the entrance, she shouted that she wanted justice.
Addressing the presspersons, she said, “Selvakumar and I loved each other since our undergraduate days. Promising to marry me, he had a physical relationship with me.”
After getting pregnant, Manjula asked Selvakumar to marry her, but he refused and asked her to go in for abortion. She refused to do and in December, she went to Selvakumar’s house to talk about their marriage. He refused to marry her, saying he was not responsible for her pregnancy.
Later, Manjula lodged a complaint at the Tirukoilur all women police station, but no action was taken.
Meanwhile, she got to know that Selvakumar had left the village and she alleged that he had married another girl. Till now, police haven’t taken any action against him. Hence, she decided to protest in front of the Collectorate, petitioning officials to take action against Selvakumar and the police officials who refused to take up her complaint.
Police officials, who reached the spot, assured her that they would arrange a meeting with the Collector. After this, she ended the protest.
Meanwhile, an association for tribes and irulas organised a protest before the Collectorate demanding caste certificates to tribes in various places across the district.
According to a source, the protest was held as the tribes in Siruvanai, Puthukaruvachi, Porur and Andapuram, belonging to the Irula community, were not given community certificates.
Due to this, higher studies of students were affected, they said. Demanding issuance of the certificates, the protest was organised on Monday, said a protester. About 200 Irula community students, most of them first generation school-goers, have been unable to pursue higher education for the past three years.