Filmmaker Divya Bharathi, known for Kakkoos, a documentary on manual scavenging, has reportedly been arrested by the Madurai police with respect to a 2009 criminal case. According to The Hindu‘s report, 28-year-old Divya failed to appear before the court for two hearings in connection with the case.
Divya is one of the seven accused booked for preventing doctors at the Government Rajaji Hospital from performing their duties on December 21, 2009. They were protesting the death of a college student, Ramesh, who alleged died due to lack of proper medical attention after he was bitten by a snake.
At the time, the protestors were booked for wrongful restraint, voluntarily hurting, trespass and disobedience. Her lawyer, P Gnanavel told The Hindu that since the hearing in the criminal case was going on in the JM II court, she had failed to appear for the two hearings, following which the magistrate issued a warrant against her. After making an appearance, she was granted bail.
Recently, Divya Bharathi was in the news when she spoke about actor Vijay Sethupathi and how he praised her documentary. Divya, who has been selected for the Periyar Socrates Award for her documentary piece, praised the actor in a Facebook post, even talking about how contributed to the documentary’s post-production cost.
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