Kerala CPI(M) leader names gangrape victim

K Radhakrishnan had named the victim, compromising her identity after CPI(M) decided to suspend its members P N Jayanthan, councillor in Vadakkanchery Municipality and Bineesh

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The National Commission for Women registered a suo-moto case against CPI(M)'s Thrissur district secretary Radhakrishnan on Saturday. The left party leader had brazenly named the 32-year-old gangarape victim on Friday while talking to the media.

K Radhakrishnan had named the victim, compromising her identity after CPI(M) decided to suspend its members P N Jayanthan, councillor in Vadakkanchery Municipality and Bineesh, both accused in the case. Talking to the media K Radhakrishnan named the victim and said that vested interests were behind the allegations being made by the woman and her husband.

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When cautioned by the media about naming the victim, the leader allegedly asked why the complainant's name shouldn't be revealed when accused, Jayanthan's, name was being disclosed.

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Kerala's BJP unit too has filed a complaint against the CPI(M) leader for naming the victim. BJP's State President in Kerala, Kummanam Rajashekharan has filed a complaint with DGP Loknath Behera against Radhakrishnan's statement.

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The 32-year-old woman had recently revealed that she was gangraped by 4 men in 2014 and had shared the humiliating experience she had with the police when she decided to file a case.

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