The news editor of Dinamalar Tamil daily, Lenin (48), was arrested from his office on Wednesday evening and charged under the harassment of women Act on the basis of a complaint filed by the South Indian Film Artistes Association against the newspaper for publishing a report that hurt the sentiments of some actresses. On Wednesday evening, the Central Crime Branch police entered the Anna Salai premises of Dinamalar and arrested Lenin without any warrant.
Actor and secretary of SIFAA Radha Ravi had lodged the police complaint. Following this a case was registered against Lenin under Section 4 of the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act. He was produced before a magistrate at the Egmore court and remanded to custody.
The Chennai Press Club and the Madras Union of Journalists have condemned the arrest of Lenin. They have asked the State government to intervene for the release of Lenin. The Chennai Press Club stressed the need for good relations between film artistes and journalists.