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More than 50 women were allegedly lured and sexually harassed over a period of seven years across Tamil Nadu by a four-member gang from Pollachi.

The incident came to light three weeks ago after the four gang members all in their 20s were arrested for blackmailing and sexually harassing a 19-year-old girl in Pollachi.

The police got access to videos that were used to lure the victims.

Speaking to the media, police superintendent R Pandiyarajan, “They lured women with fake female accounts on Facebook. In most of the cases, they struck a conversation with the victims, asking questions on lesbianism and other sex-related topics. After a friendship, conversations turned into sexual chats and they later revealed their identity and forced the women to meet in person citing their chats.”

“They harassed women in moving vehicles, hotels and even a farmhouse near Anamalai forest. The victims are from Chennai, Coimbatore, Salem and many parts of Tamil Nadu, and they include school and college teachers, doctors, senior secondary and college students,” the officer added.

However, victims refused to file complaints but informally confessed about how they fell to trap and were exploited.

“Their versions corroborated with the confessions made by the accused,” an investigating officer said.

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