The death of a father-son duo in the custody of police in India’s Tamil Nadu has infuriated many. Thousands on social media compared the incident to the death of George Floyd in the United States. #JusticeForJayarajAndFenix
J Jayaraj, 59, and Bennicks Immanuel, 31, were subjected to a brutal assault, which resulted in rectal bleeding and eventual death, according to a letter to government officials written by the former’s wife J Selvarani. The letter seeks action against the police officers involved. Police in Sathankulam, a town located 50 km south of the port city of Thoothukudi in southern Tamil Nadu state, said in a first information report that Jayaraj and Bennicks were picked up on Friday, June 19 for violating coronavirus lockdown rules.
Bennicks died on Monday after complaining of breathlessness and Jayaraj died on Tuesday. Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami said in a statement on Wednesday. Two policemen were involved in the incident and have been suspended.
Thousands of tweets were sent out using the hashtag #JusticeforJayarajAndBennix. It was among the top Twitter topics trending in India on Friday and among the top 30 trending globally, with celebrities and politicians condemning police action. Nearly 15 cases of custodial violence and torture were reported every day on average, with 9 people dying in judicial or police custody every 24 hours, according to the latest annual report by India’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for the year 2017/18.
#TamilNadu | Tortured, Stripped, Batons Inserted Inside Their Rectums | Horrific Details Of Father-Son Custodial Death— Men’s Day Out (@MensDayOutIndia) June 27, 2020
▪️This incident is as dreadful as that of #Nirbhaya, but we shall not see half the outrage, since the deceased were men#MenToo https://t.co/jnob3TUqxe
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