Kochi: A complaint has surfaced regarding the incident where the accused individual, Savad, who allegedly flashed on a KSRTC bus, was greeted with a garland upon his release. The young woman, who filed the complaint, expressed her dismay, questioning why he was received with such honour when granted bail.
She stated that it sends a distressing message that those who speak out against sexual assault are not welcomed. In contrast, those who commit such acts or exhibit inappropriate behavior are greeted with flower garlands.
Ernakulam Sessions Court granted bail to the accused in the Kochi flashing case, KK Savad, a Kozhikode resident. A group of men, under the leadership of an individual who calls himself the leader of ‘All Kerala Men's Association’, welcomed him with a flower garland. They allege that the young woman filed a false complaint against Savad and suggest that she did so to gain followers and fame on Instagram.
The complainant, reacting to the incident, said: "What can I say about all this? It's fine to receive bail as the legal process unfolds. But my question is, what remarkable and commendable act did this accused person perform to warrant a group of men garlanding him? These are the same individuals who engage in domestic violence, abuse their wives, mothers, and sisters. They come together as a group and proclaim their support for the perpetrators. Many people acknowledge that it is not fair to paint all Kerala men with the same brush. In fact, men are more affected than women. They hold contempt for their own gender," stated the woman.
On May 16, Savad was arrested by Nedumbassery police after a complaint was lodged against him for allegedly exposing himself while travelling from Angamaly to Ernakulam on a KSRTC bus. According to the complainant, the accused, who was seated beside her on the bus, touched her stomach and exhibited nakedness. Savad was handed over to the police. After spending time on remand, he was granted bail with certain conditions.
The primary condition of his release includes a bond of Rs 50,000 and two sureties of the same amount. The accused is prohibited from leaving Ernakulam district without permission and must appear before the investigating officer on Saturdays.
The defence counsel argued that the allegation was based on a misunderstanding and asserted the accused's innocence. Considering the advanced stage of the investigation and the accused's age and lack of criminal background, the court ruled that he should not be held in custody.