There is a spurt in ‘feminist fundamentalist tendencies’ in the state, said Bindu Krishna, national vice-president and president of the state unit of Mahila Congress.
“I am concerned as many complaints in sexual harassment cases are turning out to be false,” she told ‘Express’ on Thursday.
“Many women are misusing certain provisions in the law that are meant to protect women. Not all of the complainants in harassment cases can be called victims. A genuine victim is one who cannot protect herself during an attack,” she said.
“Sometimes women file sexual harassment complaints to settle their score with men. This should be considered seriously by the entire society. Just as men must give respect to women, the fairer sex also should realise that paternal and fraternal relationships too exist in the society,” she added. Bindu clarified her stand on the recent controversy regarding actor Shwetha Menon in Kollam that she would have taken the same stand even if the accused were an LDF leader. The Mahila Congress leader said she had stood with the victim of Sooryanelli sex scandal when she was kept away from job, while the LDF washed hands of the case by issuing statements.
“ I personally met Chief Minister with the demand to reinstate her to the job,” she said. However, she termed it improper to ‘crucify’ veteran Congress leader and Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson in the case as he has been given a clean chit by various courts.The organisation expects a decent share in the Lok Sabha elections, she said. The Mahila Congress leader is in the city for a special convention of the organisation to be held at Town Hall on Sunday. Prior to the special convention, a state executive of the Mahila Congress will be held at Amrutha International, she said.