Tuesday, August 21, 2018

While Arguing Sexual Assault Case, Indian Man Resorts To Blaming Tamil Film

National Award-winning filmmaker Vetrimaaran’s 2015 crime-thriller Visaranai — which was nominated as India’s official entry for the Oscars in 2017 — has been one of India’s proud treasures. But Vetrimaaran probably would have never imagined that his film would one day be used to defend the assailant in a case of sexual abuse. The legal counsel of Prabhu Ramamoorthy (35), who was convicted of sexually assaulting a sleeping co-passenger on a Detroit-bound airline in the United States, has now brought in the Tamil film to argue his defence.

During the trial, Ramamoorthy’s attorney, James Amberg, cited Visaranai, which depicted “corrupt police using violence to coerce guilty pleas,” to support the argument that he was afraid of facing a similar threat in the US, The Washington Post reported.

Earlier, Ramamoorthy, a resident of Rochester Hills city, had told investigators that he was sleeping and did not assault his co-passenger. However, while speaking to an FBI agent, Ramamoorthy later claimed that he “might have” undone the woman’s bra and unzipped her pants. According to the complaint, he also cupped her breasts and digitally penetrated her.
Back in January, Ramamoorthy had sexually assaulted a 22-year-old woman, who was asleep, during a Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Detroit, while his wife sat next to him. When the woman woke up, Ramamoorthy stopped, following which she alerted a flight attendant.
21/08/18 inuth