Pat for the woman who wrote the elegy on Kalaignar
Dravida President Munnetra Kazhagam MP Stalin called K. Selvarani, 43, a female police chief, who chose to voluntarily withdraw from the force after receiving a memo and transferred for writing an elegy on former chief minister Mr. Karunanidhi, here Tuesday. .
Upon learning that the gendarme – attached to the intelligence section (IS) of Tiruchi city – had quit her job after a video clip of her recitation of the elegy on Mr. Karunanidhi, posted on her Facebook page became viral, Mr Stalin, who was in town on Tuesday, surprised when he visited Ms Selvarani at her home in KK Nagar.
In addition to recounting the sequence of events that forced her to opt for voluntary retirement (which was accepted), Ms. Selvarani showed her the memo.
Stating that he had also watched the video clip, Mr. Stalin told her that he would support her like a brother and offer all possible help to her family.
“I was moved by the gesture of the president of DMK,” said Ms. Selvarani, from Keezha Michaelpatti in Ariyalur district.
“Denial of freedom”
Ms Selvarani, B. Litt (Tamil) degree holder, said
“No one should go through the difficult situation I am facing today. The note was nothing more than a denial of freedom of speech and expression. Rather than suffer mental torment, I decided to withdraw from the force.
She said she suffered mental agony because of the way a police inspector had conducted investigations.
She had described Mr. Karunanidhi as the father of contemporary Tamil literature in his elegy.
She said the investigation revolved around the sentences she used to describe him. The inspector asked her several “inappropriate” questions, she alleged.
No political connection
Ms Selvarani said that she and her family members had absolutely no political affiliation.
Ms Selvarani had also written an elegy on former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, titled
when she passed away.