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Thursday, June 1, 2023

Periyarist teacher arrested for impregnating brother’s daughter

A Periyarist government-aided school teacher has been arrested for raping and impregnating a minor girl. An ardent supporter of the Dravidian Movement and DMK, he had preyed on his own niece, following the footsteps of Periyar.

Manickam, a 34 year old English teacher working in a government aided school has been booked and arrested under POCSO for impregnating a minor girl. A married man with 2 kids, has a 17 year old niece. She is the daughter of his brother which in the Tamil relationship system would mean she is like his daughter. 4 months ago when the girl’s parents were out for work, Manickam used the opportunity to prey upon the girl.

The girl had tried to get help by shouting when he tried to rape her. But he threatened her into silence saying he would kill her if she made noise or told anyone about it. He forced her to submit to his sexual desires again and again when she was alone in the house. As a result of this the girl got pregnant. Thinking she is ill, parents took her to hospital and only then did they come to know that Manickam had raped her.

They filed a complaint with Chennimalai police who booked him under POCSO and arrested him. Manickam is an ardent follower of the Dravidian Movement and a supporter of DMK. His Facebook timeline is full of posts in support of DMK and the ideology. He has even met Dravidar Kazhagam leader Suba.Veerapandian. 

Manickam with DK leader Suba.Veerapandian and campaigning for DMK

Periyar aka EV Ramasamy is propped up as a reformist and women’s rights activist. But he actually denigrated women in the name of criticising casteism. He called non-brahmin women as whores. He pointed his own wife to his “playmates” and said that she was the new prostitute in town, inorder to get her to stop visiting temples. At the ripe old age of 70 he married his own adopted daughter Maniyammai. Manickam seems to have taken following in his footsteps very seriously and raped a child who is like a daughter to him. It is frightening to imagine what he could have taught to his students as a teacher.

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