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Tamil Nadu becomes dump-yard of crime against women
Tamil Nadu, once a safe haven for women, has been turning into a place of nightmare as there have been incidents coming to the fore like the recent brutal killing of an aspiring actress by her husband, who chopped her head off and is still to be traced; a class X student who died due to excessive bleeding after being gang raped by five men near Chennai.

Call it a lackadaisical attitude of police, in the second case, had the police acted on the plaint lodged by the student's parents on the very same day when she failed to return home from school, the girl would have been saved from the perpetrators.

According to reports, the girl was forced into a shed on the way to school by a man acquainted to her. He raped her along with four men he brought in later. All of them continually raped the poor girl for five days. Once they found that she had died out of excessive bleeding, they buried her body in a nearby sugarcane field in Thiruvallur near Chennai.

But their luck ran out after two weeks when a few labourers found a body half-buried beneath the field dug out by stray dogs, and informed the police. Though the main accused is under police arrest the other four culprits are still at large.

The girl neither reported to the school on that day nor came back home in the evening. When the parents approached the nearby police station the police personnel in the station refused to entertain the poor parents' complaint and ignored it by believing that the girl would have eloped with someone. After a week or so, the girl's parents petitioned the High Court with Habeas Corpus plea to find their daughter.

In the first case too, the aspiring Tamil film actress' husband, who is a director, made several attempts to misguide the police and the deceased's parents, but was caught red-handed when one of the chopped off hands of the actress was found in a dump yard which had his tattooed name. In a fit of rage, after a domestic quarrel, her husband hit her on the head with a hammer, chopped her body parts and dispatched them in gunny bags in different dump yard locations. With her torso and head still to be traced even after a month of the crime, it is unlikely that the victim and her parents will get justice and the accused get punished.

There are several such incidents that are being reported from other parts of the state and country daily in the media, but the law remains dormant and perpetrators know that they have several legal windows to escape punishment. In most of the cases, the criminals may escape for lack of evidence or due to political and other such influences.

The law should be enacted in such a way that such criminals who commit heinous crimes should be beheaded like the law prevalent in the UAE and other gulf countries. Such punitive law would deter people of even thinking about committing such crimes against women.

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