The custodial deaths of a father and son under police custody in Thoothukudi district in Tamil Nadu has attained the national spotlight after the spark of the outrage against the police brutality has grown fiercely drawing the attention from the national leaders and celebrities which further enhanced the voice for demanding justice for the victims.
The hashtag #JusticeForJeyarajandFenix on social media has become a national tone amid the Coronavirus outbreak as people from all walks of life have been stressing the importance of justice for the father and son duo, who died one after the other in the police custody, which triggered massive protests across the state. While High court has taken the matter in its own motion, the state had seen some of the important national voices on Friday, demanding justice for the victims.
On Friday, Congress leader and former party's president Rahul Gandhi has gone tough against what has happened to the father and son. Taking to Twitter, the Congress leader said "Police brutality is a terrible crime. It’s a tragedy when our protectors turn into oppressors. I offer my condolences to the family of the victims and appeal to the government to ensure #JusticeForJeyarajAndFenix".
Police brutality is a terrible crime. It’s a tragedy when our protectors turn into oppressors. I offer my condolences to the family of the victims and appeal to the government to ensure #JusticeForJeyarajAndFenix https://t.co/sVlqR92L3p— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 26, 2020
Following Rahul Gandhi, Indian Cricketers Shikhar Dhawan and Harbhajan Singh had demanded justice. In his Twitter message, Harbhajan Singh has said "The father and son had died without knowing why they had died. It's very tough to get through this. It's not humane to get through this without justice. Where's humanity?" the spinner tweeted. Shikhar Dhawan said "We must raise our voice and make sure justice is given to the family. #JusticeForJeyarajAndFenix".
அடிப்பவனுக்கு தேவை ஆயுதம். வலிப்பவருக்கு தேவை காரணம்.இனத்துக்காக, மதத்துக்காக,நிறத்துக்காகன்னு போய், இப்போ எதுக்கு சாகுறோம்னே தெரியாம செத்துப் போயிட்டாங்க அப்பாவும் மகனும்.கடந்து செல்வது எளிதல்ல, நீதி கிடைக்காமல் மறந்து செல்வது மனிதமல்ல. மனிதம் எங்கே#JusticeforJayarajAndFenix— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 27, 2020
Horrified to hear about the brutality inflicted upon Jeyaraj & Fenix in Tamil Nadu. We must raise our voice and make sure justice is given to the family. 🙏 #JusticeForJeyarajAndFenix— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) June 26, 2020
Along with the reputed sport stars, the celebrities of the Indian Cinema had stood in one line and echoed its notions and importance for justice. Some of them include Actors Raghava Lawrence, Jayam Ravi, Aishwarya Rajesh, Santhanu, Vishal, Jiiva, Malavika Mohanan, Nivedha Thomas, Khushbu Sundar, Hansika Motwani, Radio Jockey Suchitra, notable names Imman, Karthick Subbaraj, and Pa.Ranjith had expressed their demands for justice by using the hashtag #JusticeForJeyarajAndFenix.
We, General Public have the right 2 know Y Injustice was meted out @ such level of Brutality— Vishal (@VishalKOfficial) June 26, 2020
This should not be forgotten til action is taken & the people involved are put in Jail
Transfer means nothing, we will keep demanding till Justice is served #JusticeForJeyarajAndFenix pic.twitter.com/m4hPjCU6a1
When it's wrong..ITS WRONG...no matter who it is..extremely shocked at the behavior #Sathankulampolice There's no solace for their family..#JusticeForJeyarajAndFenix we can't blame the entire police force..those 2 frustrated sadistic men have to be punished..RIP #Jeyaraj #fenix pic.twitter.com/il78rUPNxH— 𝑽𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒍𝒂𝒙𝒎𝒊 𝑺𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒌𝒖𝒎𝒂𝒓 (@varusarath) June 26, 2020
Terrified to hear the brutality inflicted upon Jeyaraj and Fenix !Wat an insult these maniacs hv caused 2 our police department &country— Hansika (@ihansika) June 26, 2020
The culprits cannot &should not get https://t.co/7YdGX9hyvG front of the law every1 is the same justice must b done #JusticeForJeyarajAndFenix
God is watching.— Nivetha Thomas (@i_nivethathomas) June 26, 2020
Nobody. Not another soul must have to undergo what Jeyaraj and Fenix did.
Say their names! Keep raising your voice until the perpetrators are punished as per law for their inhumane actions! They can’t be justified.
Some of the voices had compared the police brutality behind the death of Jayaraj and Fenix to what the United States witnessed through the death of George Floyd, who was suppressed and killed by the police officer. The Tamil Nadu government has suspended the responsible police officers and offered compensation for the family of the victims. However, the voices grow much stronger and urged the government to detain the police officers under the appropriate grounds.