Wearing green bands on their foreheads six or seven men surround a man dressed like a woman in a burqa, the face, too covered.
In a celebrtory mood, the men dance around the burqa-clad man, repeatedly touch him and make inappropriate gestures. Standing behind the burqa-clad man, another man stretches his hands to cup the man’s chest from behind. Another briefly lifts the man’s clothes.
The person is only too happy to be a part of the whole spectacle.
As they are being videographed, the men call out to one "Sainaba" and say, "She lost the election. So we can do anything."
Uploaded on Facebook on November 7 – the day the results to the Kerala civic polls were announced – the video has attracted sharp criticism and strong outrage not just for being vulgar, but also for the alleged conduct of political party workers towards one another.
The men in the video allegedly belong to the Muslim League – green being the colour of their party flag – and were purportedly trying to mock and demean K Sainaba, a Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) candidate who lost from the Madakara East ward of the Mattool Grama Panchayat in Kannur district.
Incidentally, it was a Muslim League woman candidate, Aleema Onden, who won from the same seat.
Sainaba told Asianet that she was deeply hurt by the video, which has been shared over 1,800 times until now on Facebook."My family and I are very hurt with this incident and we have lodged a complaint," she told the news channel.The Muslim League said that it will probe the matter.
"If we find that the men in the video are Muslim League workers, strict action will be taken against them. We will conduct an enquiry and if they are League workers, they will not be kept a member of the party even for a moment," PK Firoz, a Indian Union of Muslim League (IUML) leader, told Reporter TV.