QChennai: 11 Killed in Anti-Sterlite Protests, 3 Women Raped

1. Death Toll in Anti-Sterlite Protest Rises to 11; Retired Judge to Inquire into Thoothukudi Police Shoot-Out

At least 11 people, including two women and a teenager, were killed and 20 others grievously injured after police reportedly opened fire multiple times against anti-Sterlite protesters in Thoothukudi on Tuesday, 22 May, the 100th day of protests demanding the Sterlite Copper plant in the district be shut.

Another 100 people are believed injured during clashes between police and protesters, with official estimates claiming that 20,000 people took to the streets.

(Source: New Indian Express)

2. Three Women Raped at Knife-Point in Chennai

Three women were allegedly raped at knife-point recently. Two of the incidents occurred in the same street on Sunday and Monday, 20 and 21 May. This has sent shock waves among locals.

In a congested street in the heart of the city, 28-year-old Vanitha (name changed) was sitting crying in her in-laws house, while her four-year-old son was wiping her tears. Narrating the horrific incident, she recalled “On Sunday around 12.30 am, I went to the bathroom outside the house leaving behind my second daughter (one-year-old) to sleep inside the house. “The room was dimly lit, I came back and went back to sleep by her side. A few minutes later, a man clad in shorts and T-shirt with curly hair tried to choke me and kept a knife at my daughter’s neck and threatened to kill her if I screamed,” she recalled.

(Source: New Indian Express)

3. Derogatory FB Post on Women Journalists: SC Stays S Ve Shekher’s Arrest

Days after the Madras High Court denied anticipatory bail to actor-turned-politician S Ve Shekher in connection with a derogatory post about women journalists shared on his social media, the Supreme Court on Tuesday, 22 May, stayed his arrest till 1 June.

The Tamil Nadu BJP state secretary was booked under four sections by the Chennai Cyber Crime department last month.

On 19 April, S Ve Shekher shared a Facebook post, written by his friend Thirumalai Sa, which contained derogatory comments on women in media, alleging that they had to “sleep around” for work.

(Source: The News Minute)

4. Two Key Metro Rail Lines, 4 Stations to Open on Friday

Two key Metro Rail lines – from Central to Shenoy Nagar and AG-DMS to Little Mount via Saidapet (beneath Anna Salai) – and four stations will be launched on Friday, 25 May, providing much-needed connectivity to Chennai Central – the city’s largest transit hub.

(Source: The Times of India)

5. AIADMK, DMK Among Top 3 Regional Spenders

Both the AIADMK and the DMK were among the top three spenders among regional parties in the country during 2016-17. The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), which analysed audited reports submitted by 32 regional parties to the Election Commission, came up with the findings on Tuesday, 22 May.

According to the ADR, all four regional parties of the state reported lesser incomes in 2016-17 compared to the previous year. All four also spent more than their respective incomes during 2016-17. While the AIADMK received the third-highest income in the country after the SP and the TDP, the AIADMK and the DMK followed the SP when it came to expenditure.

(Source: The Hindu)

6. T Nagar Residents Want Their Pavements Back

Frustrated over the rampant encroachment of roads and footpaths, a section of T Nagar residents led by members of the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) staged a road blockade on Masilamani Street on Monday, 21 May.

The protesters met Corporation officials in T Nagar and submitted a petition demanding the removal of encroachments from government lands, roads and footpaths. Civic body officials estimate that the number of encroachments in T Nagar alone could be over 10,000.

(Source: The Hindu)

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