The sister duo were released on bail yesterday

One of arrested Dalit sisters in Kerala attempts suicide after DYFI leader insults on TV show
news Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 13:36
Written by  PTI

In a shocking turn of events relating to the controversial arrest and subsequent bail of two Dalit sisters for allegedly attacking a CPI(M) activist here, one of them allegedly attempted suicide at her home.

The condition of 25-year-old Anjana, now in the intensive care unit of Indira Gandhi Cooperative hospital, is stable and she has been kept under observation, hospital sources said.

She was brought to the hospital here at around 1230 hrs last night after she consumed some tablets.

Akhila (30) and Anjana (25), daughters of Indian National Trade Union Congress leader N Rajan, were arrested on a complaint by CPI(M) that they had barged into their party office here and attacked one of their activists.

The sister duo were released on bail yesterday.

Asked by reporters in Delhi about the incident, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said "Ask police. I am not saying anything now".

Anjana had yesterday consumed some tablets.

As she showed signs of restlessness, she was immediately rushed to the hospital.

Her family said that during the TV debate, a woman CPI(M) leader had remarked that the two sisters were part of a "criminal goonda gang".

Akila told reporters, "We are being portrayed as members of a criminal gang which trespassed into the Marxist party's office with dangerous weapons." 

"For the past many years, we were being traumatised and insulted by CPI(M) workers. We had not gone there to attack anyone, only to question them for calling us by our caste and mocking at us. Just because we belong to this caste, does it mean we do not have a right to live?" Akila asked.

She said her sister was under a lot of mental strain, but the family did not suspect she would take any extreme step.

She said the family wants to live peacefully.

"We kept quiet all these years because we are girls. A policeman behaved as if we are criminals," she said.

Kannur district Police Chief Sanjay Kumar Gurudin, who visited the woman in the hospital, said: "We are keeping a check on her health condition. The reason why she took the extreme step is not known." 

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