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Kochi: It is learnt that the accused in the Kochi Tattoo Studio sexual assault case has fled to Bengaluru. The police have strengthened the investigation against accused Sujeesh, who runs Inkfected Tattoo Studio in Kochi, as more complaints are surfacing against him. Sujeesh has been in hiding after the women who had similar experiences started calling him out through a MeToo movement on social media.
The police had raided the tattoo parlour after complaints were received against it. Studios that do not have proper licenses and documents will soon be shut down by police. Police visited Sujeesh’s residence in Chittur and Vennala for investigation. They were tipped that Sujeesh has allegedly gone to Bengaluru to buy some materials for house construction. The probe is currently centred in Kochi and will soon be expanded to Bengaluru as well.
Another woman lodged a sexual harassment complaint with the Kochi Commissioner on Saturday against the tattoo artist via email. The complainant is a Malayali woman based out of Bengaluru. There are five cases registered against Sujeesh at present for attempted rape and sexual assault. The confidential statements of four complainants will be recorded on Saturday.
The incident came out after a woman who was assaulted by Sujeesh put up a note on ‘Reddit’ explaining what she had to go through. Many other women who faced similar horrifying experiences at the tattoo studio came forward with their stories on social media. The woman who posted the ‘Me too’ allegation against the accused on social media, arrived with her parents the other day and informed police that she is not ready to file complaint.