Sexual harassment complaint: CPI leader transferred to another constituency amid election campaign


A woman party worker had resigned from the local committee alleging she was denied justice on a sexual harassment complaint and the party did not take any action. She also forwarded a letter to state council informing the incidents.

Nedumkandam (Idukki): A temporary action has been taken against a senior CPI leader on the basis of a sexual harassment complaint filed by a woman party worker. The leader who was active with election campaign in Udumbanchola constituency has been transferred to Thekkady and was asked to campaign for Peerumedu candidate.

The party leader was also asked to stay away from the meeting of Mahila Sangham. CPI assume that the allegation against the leader would not have deeper impact among the party supporters in Peerumedu. According to reports, LDF leaders had pressurised to take action against the leader.

A woman party worker had resigned from the local committee alleging she was denied justice on a sexual harassment complaint and the party did not take any action. She also forwarded a letter to state council informing the incidents.

Following this, CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran directed the district secretary to submit minutes of the district committee meeting which was convened as instructed by CPI state council. However, all these actions were frozen in view of the election.

Though a probe commission was appointed to inquire about the complaint, later he was only demoted to the district council. Though the complainant woman raised complaint about this, action was not initiated as local body election was round the corner.

When the party did not proceed with the action even after election, the woman resigned from local committee. She was planning to approach the police, but the state leaders compelled her to withdraw from this move.

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