KOCHI: The Wadakkanchery mass rape incident in which a CPM municipal councillor and three accomplices as well as the police are in the dock after the victim woman addressed the media came to centerstage in the Assembly on Friday, with the Opposition UDF cornering the government over quotation gangs and people torturing women ruling the roost in the state under ‘political protection’.
The entire Opposition, including the lone BJP member, and the special bloc of KC(M) MLAs staged a walkout after permission was denied to present an adjournment motion on the issue.
Law Minister A K Balan, on behalf of the government, maintained that the government is viewing atrocities against women including the torture of the housewife in all its seriousness. He also promised that none, including CPM men, found guilty in the incident will be spared, but it didn’t cut ice with the Opposition.
Anil Akkara of the Congress, who had given notice for an adjournment motion, said that the police had misbehaved with the victim woman in a cruel manner and also tried to hush up the case by brokering a settlement on behalf of the accused. Presenting details of the incident, he also said that the CPM councillor Jayanthan and accomplices had circulated the nude pictures of the victim woman through FB posts.
‘’On August 13, 2016, the victim woman had sent a complaint by registered post to the Chief Minister, but the political leadership intervened and sabotaged the case. The Guruvayur Assistant Commissioner of Police, who had monitored the probe under the Peramangalam CI when the original complaint was filed, has been assigned with the same task now. The police had colluded with a few CPM councillors to settle the case. Justice cannot be expected for the victim woman in the present circumstances. A woman ADGP should be entrusted with the probe,’’ the MLA demanded.
He was also for slapping cases against three CPM councillors and a woman lawyer who had tried to settle the case by coercing the victim to withdraw her complaint. The roles played by the Peramangalam CI, Guruvayur ACP and Thrissur Commissioner should also be examined,” he said.
Balan’s comments asking Anil Akkara to lodge complaint with the Guruvayur ACP led to an Opposition uproar. Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala said that it was not correct on the part of the Minister to trivialise issues when a member was presenting it.