Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Women’s Commission has issued directions to register a case against Poonjar MLA P C George for making defamatory remarks against the attacked actress.
While addressing a press conference, PC George had asked that how the actress who was said to have faced harassment in Kochi last February, returned to work the next day. He had also said that there was no evidence to prove the attack on the actress and the police version cannot be believed.
His remarks had generated widespread criticisms. The State Women’s Commission had sought legal advice on the issue.
The Commission, in a press release, said that the MLA's remarks, made during interviews with television channels, were an affront to the dignity of a woman. The Commission's Legal officer and Standing Counsel green-lighted the proposal to pursue legal recourse against the MLA.
Chairperson of the commission, MC Josephine, has asked its director VU Kuriakose to record the statements of the MLA, after obtaining the Speaker's permission.
The commission observed that there has been a reluctance on the part of the victims of assault to file a complaint. There are also instances when the victims were pressurized to withdraw cases, the Commission noted.
Under the Women's Commission Act, the Commission can initiate suo- motu action in cases involving attacks against women. She said when powerful people in the society attacked the modesty of a woman, the law should not remain a mute witness.
‘When influential people in the society are insulting womanhood, the laws of the land should be strong enough to oppose it’, the Commission observed.