Kerala CPM suspends legislator accused of sexual harassment

Kerala CPM suspends legislator accused of sexual harassment

In the wake of sitting over the lewd behaviour and sexual harassment complaint of a young woman leader for over four months, the ruling CPI(M) in Kerala on Monday suspended legislator from Shoranur PK Sasi from the party for six months.

The lawmaker said the party has the power and capacity to rebuff him and he will remain a dedicated worker.

The Democratic Youth Federation of India (DFYI), the party youth wing, the leader had filed a complaint with the party six months ago, blaming him for making lewd gestures and also sexual advances. At the point when the state authority overlooked her internal complaint, she later moved toward party General Secretary, Sitaram Yechury.

Afterwards, the party established a two-member internal board headed by state law minister, AK Balan and PK Sreemathi MP, to investigate further into her complaint. The legislature had denied the charges, saying he was made a scapegoat in the raging faction fight in the party.

The National Commission for Women had additionally taken up the grievance on its own, yet the young woman leader declined to cooperate with the national commission headquartered in Delhi.

In her complaint, the woman leader mentioned that she was offered a huge amount to settle the case and when she refused to do so, a hate campaign was released against her. She likewise said she couldn't enter the party office in Mannarkkad out of dread and looked for the party’s protection.

Earlier, Kerala Women Commission administrator, MC Josephine, said the commission can't file a case against the legislator without receiving any grievance. Opposition Congress and BJP had scrutinized the commission saying it was attempting to shield the accused MLA viewed to be a close associate to the official faction driven by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.