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Custodial death in Tuticorin: father and son sexually abused in police custody

Custodial death in Tuticorin

  • A father and his son were arrested by the Tuticorin police for having kept their mobile accessories shop open during the lockdown period. Kin of the duo says they were sexually abused in custody.
  • Just recently did we witness the death of Geroge Floyd due to police brutality. Before we could even move on, another death of a father-son duo has shaken us. The father and son died in police custody in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin and has caused quite a huge furore.
  • The media reports now suggest that the duo were brutally sexually assaulted in the police custody. 59- year old Jayraj and his 31 year old son J Fenix were arrested by the Tuticorin police for having kept their mobile accessories shop open during the lockdown period. They were picked by the Sathankulam police. This took place on the 19th of June.
  • They were allegedly beaten up by the police, thus causing their death. Fenix fell ill and died at the Kovilpatti general hospital on June 22nd, while the father died on the 23rd of June.
  • A Chennai based news site quoted the eyewitness to the incident, saying that both Jayraj and his son Fenix were allegedly sodomised in the police custody. When they were released from the jail, the father and son were bleeding profusely from their rectum.

“Between 7 am and 12 pm on June 20, the father and son had changed at least seven lungies (waistcloth) each as they had become wet due to blood oozing from their rectums,” The Federal quoted a friend of Fenix as saying. The friend also stated that the duo came out of the prison with torn and bloodied clothes. The father and son also seemingly complained of severe rectum pain and kept bleeding.

  • From there, they were taken to the hospital, where allegedly the doctor declared fit on the insistence of the local inspector. Friends present around the station also reported that they heard the cries and screams of the duo.
  • The Madras High court has sought a report in this matter and the Madurai bench of High court directed the police to submit a report on the same on July 26.

In the light of this, the Tamil Nadu chief minister has announced a compensation of 10 lakhs to the family and government jobs to a family member of the deceased.