Complaint of sexual assault in Palakkad Youth Congress meet surfaces; party denies receiving letter

Thiruvananthapuram: A handwritten complaint of a Youth Congress woman leader has surfaced in which she alleges that a state leader touched her private parts amidst a camp of the organisation held in Palakkad.

The complaint also states that the accused, state executive member Vivek H Nair, also asked her to "share bed" with him. Vivek was drunk, she says in the complaint.

However, the Youth Congress has not handed over the complaint to the police yet. The state leadership claimed they did not get any complaint regarding the sexual assault.

However, the organisation has suspended Vivek for using abusive language against leaders, including state vice-president, when they questioned his behaviour, the state leaders said. Central leadership also maintained that the action was on unruly behaviour of Vivek.

The said complaint was filed by a district leader to Pushpalatha, national secretary of IYC.

The incident happened on July 2 during the Yuva Chintan Shibir. The complaint says Vivek requested to "cooperate" when she went to use the washroom. It also says that he misbehaved with other women members as well.

It may be recalled that when CPM received a complaint against the then Shornur MLA PK Sasi in 2018, Congress leadership, including the current Youth Congress state president Shafi Parambil (who is also an MLA from Palakkad district), had slammed CPM for not handing over the complaint to the police. The complainant had said that she was not approaching the police and a party action against the accused was enough. The Congress had then asked why CPM was not handing over a sexual harassment complaint to the police.

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