CJI sexual harassment case: Ripples in TN

The #Metoo movement in Tamil Nadu is trying to garner support. Photo: Chinmayi Instagram

On a day when major cities saw protests against the clean chit given to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Tamil Nadu pitched in, too.

On Tuesday, protests erupted across the country after a three-judge in-house committee gave a clean chit to the CJI on a sexual harassment complaint made by a former court employee. Even as Section 144 was imposed outside the Supreme Court, a group of peaceful protesters gathered outside the SC and began raising slogans against the CJI. Subsequently, there were also protests in other parts of Delhi.

Meanwhile, the #metoo movement, which brought out a series of high-profile sexual harassment complaints, is now joining the protest. On Monday night, #metoo movement asked ‘any groups arranging protests in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and other cities’ to keep them posted.

Subsequently, a group had scheduled to meet in Bengaluru on Tuesday evening, while a few women planned a protest. Journalist Sandhya Menon, in a tweet, called for a nationwide protest against Ranjan Gogoi.

Later in the evening, ##metoo tweeted that Singer Chinmayi, who was leading the #metoo protests in Tamil Nadu earlier, was trying to organise a protest in Chennai. #metoo tweeted asking NGOs, focus groups on women rights, #metoo activists to get in touch with Chinmayi.

Sources said though Chinmayi was willing to organise a protest, she has been facing hurdles in getting police permission as an individual. As only an NGO or a registered body would get police permission for a protest, Chinmayi is believed to be in touch with a few NGOs to organise the protest.