Police case against former Kerala Speaker for naming rape victim

Thrissur (Kerala), Nov 8 (IANS) The Kerala Police on Tuesday registered a case against former Kerala Speaker and CPI-M leader K. Radhakrishnan for revealing the personal details of a rape victim, in which party workers, including Municipal Councillor P. N. Jayanthan are the accused.

A case has been registered against Radhakrishnan at the East Police Station here, said police officials.

The 2014 case became public last week when the 34-year-old victim, along with her husband and two women activists, narrated the incident to the media in the state capital.

Radhakrishnan came under fire from various quarters, including even the entire top brass of his party, for his act.

Following this, several complaints including by the Bharatiya Janata Party, were filed, which made police conduct a preliminary probe and on Tuesday, a case was registered on the direction of the senior police officials.

If the offence is proved, the accused are liable to a two year jail term and a fine.

Meanwhile, former state BJP president V. Muraleedharan slammed former Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan for his silence on the issue.

“He is yet to utter a word either on the case or about the manner in which Radhakrishnan named the victim. This clearly shows the hypocritical stand of Achuthanandan who often speaks about women and women’s rights,” alleged Muraleedharan.

–IANS

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