The chief of Kerala's women's panel seemed to speak in defence of a CPI(M) legislator who faces allegation of sexual abuse of a woman. PK Sasi of the ruling Left has been accused of sexually harassing a woman leader of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI)
"This is nothing new... We are all human beings, mistakes do happen. People inside the party too may also have committed such mistakes," Kerala State Women's Commission Chairperson MC Josephine said on Thursday.
A woman Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) leader has accused PK Sasi of sexual harassment.The party has initiated an internal investigation into the charges.
The state women's panel made it clear that it cannot register a case on its own despite the the National Commission for Women taking note of the incident and urging the Kerala police to begin an investigation. "The woman has not filed a complaint with the women's commission. Even for suo motu case, we need at least the basic details like the nature of complaint which could be revealed either by the media or the victim themselves, in this case that hasn't happened. Then how can we register a case," Mr Josephine said.