Sexual assault incidents rock Thrissur Pooram: Outrage from tourists and locals

The video shows a person trying to forcefully kiss the female vlogger and another person groping the private part of the male vlogger.

ByMuhammed Fazil

Published Apr 25, 2024 | 2:08 PMUpdatedApr 29, 2024 | 12:07 PM

The man who tried to sexually assault the victims during Thrissur Pooram.

Just a few months after a tourist couple was assaulted in Jharkhand, another tourist couple put a video on Instagram showing the sexual assault they had to face during the Thrissur Pooram in Kerala.

In a video posted on Instagram on Wednesday, 24 April, the couple showed a person trying to forcefully kiss the female vlogger and another person groping the private part of the male vlogger.

“So far, (the male) has been groped. And that guy has tried to kiss me,” said the vlogger in the video.

The Thrissur Pooram was held on 19 and 20 April.

The vloggers who hail from the United Kingdom had raised their voices against the assault that the Spanish tourists had to face in Jharkhand and said that there was a safe environment in Kerala.

“We are in Kerala, we feel a lot safer here. And this is the most we’ve felt as we have travelled a lot of places,” the female vlogger had said then.

Meanwhile, the Station House Officer (SHO) of the Thrissur Town East Police Station told South First that they have not received any complaints from the vloggers regarding the assault.

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Others allege the same

After the couple explained their ordeal, another person came forward saying that she and her friend experienced a similar assault from the same person.

“Experienced something deeply disturbing in public, the same man. A moment of unwelcome touch. After that, my friend experienced the same. We kept asking each other if that was intentional or unintentional and ended up in a conclusion saying he had a wound in his left leg, and that might be the reason he is not able to balance himself in the crowd,” she wrote.

“I can’t shake the feeling of regret for not reacting when I experienced an inappropriate touch in public. It’s been weighing heavily on my mind. After watching this video, I regret not taking action at the moment,” she added.

“We were standing near Manikandanaal. It was around 9.30 pm and kottu was going on. Suddenly the man in the video walked past my friend. There wasn’t a lot of space where she was standing. At first, he bent down and hit her chest with his elbows. It happened very quickly. And then, he walked past me and did the same,” one of the survivors told South First.

“This confused me since there was plenty of space to walk in front of me, it wasn’t congested. I looked at her, and she said he did the same to her. We observed him for a bit and saw that one of his legs was bandaged and he might have lost his balance. But we were wrong. He did it purposely and we realised it when we saw the video,” she added.

(The story has been updated with the response from one of the survivors)