Chennai: Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan today cancelled his election campaign and rushed to Coimbatore to meet the family of a seven-year-old girl brutally raped and killed.
The actor-politician was supposed to canvass for his party candidates in Chennai today.
However, he left for Coimbatore by flight this morning.
Coming close on the heels of sexual harassment of women in nearby Pollachi, the rape of the minor girl received widespread condemnation, including from leaders of political parties, with some demanding death sentence for the criminals.
The class 2 student, reported missing since the evening of 25 March, was found dead with limbs tied and injuries on the body. Initially, it was suspected to be a murder but the postmortem report said the girl was sexually assaulted and throttled to death.