Congress’s Mullappally Ramachandran booked for derogatory remarks on rape survivors

The President of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee had said that a woman with self-respect will die by suicide after she is raped.
KPCC President Mullappally Ramachandran
KPCC President Mullappally Ramachandran
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Mullappally Ramachandran, President of Kerala Pradesh Congress Committe, was on Tuesday booked by police for his controversial  remarks on rape survivors. His comments sparked strong reactions from women leaders, including from his own party, prompting him to tender an apology. 

The state Congress President was booked under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code, including outraging the modesty of women, over his recent remarks.The women's police station in Thiruvananthapuram registered a case against him on a complaint. "A case has been registered under sections 354 A and 509 of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) after the complaint was forwarded to us from the city police commissioner," an investigating officer told PTI. Section 509 of IPC deals within insulting the modesty of any woman while 354 A is outraging the modesty of a woman.

Mullappally had on November 1 said, "Everyday, this woman  would wake up saying she has been raped by someone. It's a desperate attempt by the (Left) to dress up a prostitute and make her stand behind the curtain and make her tell tales. This game will not work."

"One can understand when a woman is raped once. But what if she repeatedly says this. A woman with self-respect will either die by suicide after she is raped, or else try not to be sexually assaulted again," he had said while speaking at a protest meet organised against the state government over various issues.

He had made these comments while criticising the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) after a woman accused in a solar scam case gave a statement to the police recently, accusing former Congress minister AP Anil Kumar of raping her. 

The Congress leader's remarks drew sharp reactions from CPI(M) leader and state Health Minister KK Shailaja,the state Women's Commission chief and his own party MLA Shanimol Usman, following which he later tendered an unconditional apology.

The solar scam broke in 2013 during the rule of the UDF government led by the then Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, when a company defrauded a number of investors of large amounts of money on the false promise of installing solar panels or making them business partners.

The names of several leaders of the then ruling-UDF had cropped up in connection with the main accused woman in the case and Mullappally was apparently referring to her when he made his statement on Sunday.

Shailaja had said the remarks were highly condemnable and the state women's panel registered a case against the Congress chief on its own.

The KPCC Chief had earlier made controversial remarks against Shailaja in June, calling her a "Covid Queen" and a "Nipah princess", referring to her handling of these diseases as the Health Minister.

After a row erupted over his latest remarks against rape victims, he apologised, saying his statement was misinterpreted by certain persons.


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