Brutal murder of woman in Chennai: Opposition hits the streets

Updated: 16:51 GMT, Jun 28, 2016 | Published: 12:41 GMT, Jun 28, 2016 |

Opposition parties hit the streets of southern Tamil Nadu state on Tuesday (June 28) to protest the brutal murder of a 24-year-old woman at a railway station last week.

Women workers of Congress party staged a demonstration in capital Chennai city and raised slogans against the government over the law and order situation in the state.

On June 24, 24-year-old S Swathi, an engineer, was hacked to death at Chennai’s Nungambakkam railway station while waiting for her train. In the CCTV footage, Swathi and the accused were seen having a heated argument before the man suddenly pulled out a sickle from his backpack and lunged at her that struck in her neck and face and the girl collapsed.

The accused continues to be at large.

“The Swathy’s murder was a brutal murder, it’s a challenge to the law and order of Tamil Nadu police, ok! There is no CCTV also at the railway station when the child was murdered, even the public was viewing it. Chennai is known for the flood relief atrocity ok, when six months back, Chennai was affected by flood, the public came in wide number to help the people. Now, why not in the instance of Swathy? Why are we not coming back,” asked secretary, women wing of Congress party, Hasina Ahmed.

In another part of the city, workers of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also took to the streets in protest of the gruesome murder.

“It has brutally affected Tamil Nadu, we are very much worried about the safety of the women, children, particularly young girls who are going for the Information

Technology (IT) employment or who are all travelling in the unorganised time. So we are much worried about the safety of the women,” said a BJP protester, Tamilisai Soundararajan.

Swathy’s was the sixth murder in the city in four weeks.