Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja on Monday defended a senior leader from the ruling party CPI(M), stating that he did no wrong in revealing a name of Thrissur gangrape survivor.
The victim had confirmed that when she visited the police station, she was asked if she had enjoyed a rape.
Kochi: Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja on Monday defended a senior leader from the ruling party CPI(M), stating that he did no wrong in revealing a name of Thrissur gangrape survivor.
The survivor had alleged that the four friends of her husband, including a CPI(M) leader, had raped her.
In a shocking statement, Shailaja said that the former Speaker Radhakrishnan’s act of taking the rape survivor’s name was ‘no big deal’.
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“If former Speaker Radhakrishnan has taken the victim’s name, you may want to make a big deal out of it, I don’t think there is anything wrong IN it. Victims, their parents usually want to hide their names because of the shame associated, but they are not the ones who have done anything wrong,” the minister was mentioned as saying.
Naming a rape survivor carries a punishment of two years in the prison.
The CPI(M) district secretary Radhakrishnan had said that if a survivor can name people who have not been proved the guilty, she may also be named. This had led to protests from the Opposition, which called for the action against Radhakrishnan.
“Radhakrishnan is not above the law. Revealing the victim’s name can need two years of imprisonment. Action must be taken against him”, Kerala Congress chief VM Sudheeran said.
The State BJP president Kummanam Rajasekharan said that there had been a “criminal lapse” by the CPI(M) leader.
Last week, the 32-year-old woman has addressed a press conference with her face covered, with her husband & activists by her side. She had claimed that when she went to police station to book a complaint, they had humiliated her by asking which of the four men she was ‘enjoyed’ the most.
The politician she has named, a counselor, has accused the woman of lying& getting back at him for demanding money he had loaned to the couple.
The politician has been suspended from his party after CM Pinarayi Vijayan stepped in, and an investigation is underway.