CHENNAI / POLLACHI: Taking serious note of the sexual assault on two school girls staying at a home in the TELC Church complex in Pollachi early on Thursday, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa directed the police to bring to the book the culprits involved in the crime and ensure appropriate punishment at the earliest.
She also directed officials to draft the guidelines for ensuring the safety of women and students staying in hostels. The Chief Minister also granted `3 lakh assistance to each of the girls.
Further, she directed the Coimbatore District Collector and the Medical Officers at Pollachi Government Hospital where the girls were admitted to provide them with the best treatment.
Conveying her deep sympathies to the girls, the Chief Minister has directed the officials to admit them in a government home, with the consent of their parents/guardians. These decisions were taken at a high-level meeting chaired by CM.
Jayalalithaa said it was brought to her notice that girls and boys were staying in the same room at the Pollachi home where this incident took place.
Further, the warden was on leave and the in-charge was staying in his house instead of remaining at the home. “This has also given room for the crime to take place at the home today,” Jayalalithaa observed.
Meanwhile, amid mounting anger and protests, the police on Thursday formed eight teams comprising four DSPs and eight inspectors to nab the culprits.
Pollachi Sub Collector Rashmi Siddarth Jagade, IG S Davidson Devasirvatham and district child protection officer G Vijaya visited the hospital. Jagade reportedly fainted on seeing the condition of the two girls. “We are planning to seal the home as it has been functioning without any authorisation for the last 20 years. It is mandatory to appoint a lady warden to monitor the girls accommodated there but in this case the authorities did not follow it,” Jagade said.