CHENNAI: The death of a father and son as a result of police brutality and torture led to massive outrage across Tamil Nadu and outside, throwing light on similar cases.
As per reports and eye-witnesses, the father, 58-year-old P Jayaraj was arrested for violating the curfew, and the son 31-year-old Bennix was taken into custody shortly afterward.
They kept their mobile phone shop in Tuticorin open beyond permitted hours.
The police allegedly arrested and beat them up for "verbally threatening the officers" who questioned them for violating the curfew.
Bennix's sister, friends, and other eye-witnesses alleged that they were severely thrashed at the Sathankulam police station by police personnel and even violated them sexually.
The duo was found severely injured and was bleeding profusely. They were taken to the hospital and died four days later.
This incident led to massive outrage in Tuticorin where 13 people were killed in police firing two years ago during demonstrations and shops were closed in the district and other parts of the state in protest.
Chief Minister EK Palaniswami, who controls the police department, condoled the deaths and announced a total of Rs 20 lakh as compensation and a job for the family.
Madurai bench of the Madras high court took up the cases.
Several celebrities such as Khushboo Sundar, Jayamravi, Karthick Subburaj, Harish Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, etc. expressed their horror and called for justice for the father and son.
The trend #justiceforjayarajandbennix began on social media. Netizens also questioned the lack of arrests in the case.
Police brutality cases came to light amidst the global 'Black Lives Matter' movement which itself threw light on police brutality against African Americans in the United States.