On 25 May 2020 George Floyd’s death occurred, followed by worldwide protests. About one month later, a similar incident happened, where father-son duo Jayaraj and Fenix were brutally killed by policemen in Tamil, Nadu. Unfortunately, this incident didn’t garner much attention. Here’s all about what happened to them.
On 19 June 2020, Jayaraj and Fenix were arrested for opening their mobile shop beyond lockdown hours by Sathankulam Police ( According to the police while there’s no truth to it.) False accusations were put on them like: threatening to kill public servants. On the same night, both of them were heavily beaten. People residing even 500 meters away could hear their screams.
Fenix’s lawyer has admitted to witnessing grave wounds. Their rectums were bleeding continuously and the scars on the body revealed sexual assault. Their blood soaked clothes were sent three times to their houses for cleaning. The hospital staff have also confirmed the same information. The blood soaked batons were collected as evidence. The CCTV footage of that date is missing. Other witnesses are afraid of speaking due to police terrorism.
Their medical checkup wasn’t done before presenting before the magistrate. Their injuries needed medical attention when they were forcibly discharged from the hospital. The police certainly lied that they were medically fit. After the grant of remand, they were to Kovilpatti sub jail 100 km away from Sathankulam despite their barbarous condition. On 22 June 2020 Fenix died and subsequently on 23 June 2020 Jayaraj was declared dead at Kovilpatti Hospital. According to the police, the reasons for their death were heart failure and fever (which was proven to be false.)
Tamil singer Suchitra talked about this issue on her Instagram post after which the officials took notice of it. Five Police officers have been accused of assault and investigation is going on. But that’s not all. We all need to raise our voices on this so much that this history of police brutality stops permanently. There should be anymore George Floyds nor any Jayaraj and Fenixes.
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