Kerala horror: Top actress abducted, molested, photographed in moving car

Men in van ram her car, force way in; her driver arrested for tailing car in van

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: February 20, 2017 12:13 pm

A leading Malayalam actress was molested and photographed in a moving car for two hours near Kochi late Friday night. Police have registered an FIR against seven persons, including her car driver who was arrested Saturday. P Vijayan, Inspector General of Police (Kochi range), said though the actress hasn’t alleged rape, the accused will face charges under Sections 366 (kidnapping), 376 (rape) of IPC and Section 66 of the IT Act. As outrage mounted, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said police will take “stern action” against the culprits. “All of them have been identified. Such an attack should not have happened against a woman and it is a matter of grave concern,’’ he said.

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Police said the actress left by road from Thrissur to Kochi to dub for an upcoming film. Her car and the driver had been arranged by the production house. After the car left Thrissur around 7 pm, the driver, identified as Martin, spoke to someone over the phone. The actress told police that Martin even asked her if she was in a hurry to reach Kochi.

About 25 km short of Kochi, a van hit the rear end of the car. As Martin got out of the car, ostensibly to assess the damage to the car, four men in the van allegedly forced their way into the car and drove away with the actress. For the next two hours, the car kept moving while the men, police said, molested her and took photographs on their mobile phones. All this while, Martin, who was now driving the van, followed the car.

Nearly two hours later, the accused stopped the car at Palarivattom in Kochi and allegedly drove away in the van. Martin then took her to the house of the film director who lives at Kakkanad in Kochi. Police went to the director’s house late Friday and recorded the actress’s statement.

IGP Vijayan said: “The assailants forcibly took her photographs. Two of the four men in the car are drivers who work in the film industry and she was familiar with them. One of them, Sunil, has a criminal record and was her driver until recently. Their motive seems to have been to fleece money from the actress by blackmailing her with the photographs.’’ He said the van had been seized.

 

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First Published on: February 19, 2017 4:00 am
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    Akshay
    Feb 19, 2017 at 2:10 am
    Will take atleast 20 years for case to close. Only person hared will b victim. Horrible judiciary
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      anvar
      Feb 26, 2017 at 1:14 pm
      nothing will happen against the culprits. they will all go scott free.the law and legal dept will protect and defend them india the culprit is always lucky and rewarded and awarded but the victim is always the loser.lt;br/gt;a person who steals a piece of bread to quench his hunger mght get hanged or shot in encounter and a murderer or rapist or people who commit big crimes gets freed by the law itself.bad luck.
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        Ramamurthy
        Feb 19, 2017 at 12:53 am
        That this happened in the most educated, elite state (not in Delhi) is most unbelievable. It is sincere hope of every Indian that C.M. and I.G. will keep up the promise of stern action against the culprits. Action should be severe and swift so as to serve as deterrant.
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          Bharati
          Feb 19, 2017 at 4:36 am
          BBC will surely pay them to make movies as happened with the Nirbhaya criminal.
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            Bharati
            Feb 19, 2017 at 4:35 am
            Expect to see these men mauled by hired wo/men: chopped off and kept alive like in the Bobbitt case. The men will then become public exhibits.
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              Bharati
              Feb 19, 2017 at 4:38 am
              In a democracy, people rule so PROTEST, Offer the criminals and their lawyers to the public. Immediate good mauling and public chopping off may deter others.
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                bmniac
                Feb 19, 2017 at 3:44 am
                It happens in the US too but the Courts are better and so are social organizations
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                  bmniac
                  Feb 19, 2017 at 3:29 am
                  It is not the Penal code it is the judiciary, the system and most important the Lawyers
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                    bmniac
                    Feb 19, 2017 at 3:43 am
                    Quite irresponsible.
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                      bmniac
                      Feb 19, 2017 at 3:33 am
                      Rubbish. Please keep such thoughts to yourself!
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                        bmniac
                        Feb 19, 2017 at 3:39 am
                        You are joking. I am an outsider who had lived in Kerala for over a dozen years and they are perhaps better behaved people than most parts of India.
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                          bmniac
                          Feb 19, 2017 at 3:36 am
                          elite indeed Kerala has been a money order state for over seventy years. Nor are the politicians and police worthwhile people!
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                            chethan
                            Feb 18, 2017 at 5:57 pm
                            I stay here in usa, we have the largest number of rapes. Does that mean All Americans are uncultured and illiterate. find peace :)
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                              shekhar
                              Feb 19, 2017 at 2:07 am
                              ANIMALS. INCLUDING LAW BREAKERS. WHO PUBLISH NAME OF PERSON. POLICE INSPECTOR ( dept) , ALL NEWSPAPER SHOULD REPRIMANDED WITH HEFTY FINE 1ST TIME,SEVERE FINE NEXT AND ALL INVOLVED. IT IS SHAME ON SOCIETY OF OURS. WAKE UP INDIA
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                                shekhar
                                Feb 19, 2017 at 2:16 am
                                Terrible thought .Are you sure you are not belong to that sect who think women second cl citizen !!!. Be honest to yourself first.
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                                  ganakar K
                                  Feb 19, 2017 at 1:01 am
                                  Feel very sad for such a lovely actress. Culprits should be given exemplary punishment
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                                    Sriniwasan
                                    Feb 18, 2017 at 4:58 pm
                                    The Production house should be criminally held responsible for employing drivers without checking their antecedants this case,the intention of the driver is malafide and therefore severest of severe punishment should be handed out to the criminal for outraging the modesty of a women.lt;br/gt;Also,Kerala as a state which claims to be cultured and literate needs to introspect the behaviour of their menfolk.
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                                      harith
                                      Feb 18, 2017 at 9:36 pm
                                      cops in collusion with criminals every where, blessed by politicians
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                                        harith
                                        Feb 18, 2017 at 9:37 pm
                                        unlike in India, cops dont collude with criminals and politicians and politicians and criminals cant dictate cops
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                                          harith
                                          Feb 18, 2017 at 9:38 pm
                                          yes stern action will be taken; as if, he is doing any thing
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                                            i am
                                            Feb 19, 2017 at 5:31 pm
                                            I think you are more worried about BJP than the entire issue
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