#MeToo Bites Kerala Communists: Shoranur MLA P K Sasi Suspended From Party Membership Over Sexual Abuse Allegations
#MeToo Bites Kerala Communists: Shoranur MLA P K Sasi Suspended From Party Membership Over Sexual Abuse AllegationsP K Sasi. (pic via Twitter)

The ruling CPI(M) in Kerala today (26 November) suspended its Shoranur MLA, P K Sasi for six months from the party's primary membership, against whom sexual harassment charges were levelled by a woman activist of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), Manorama has reported.

The party in a press release said that Sasi was suspended from its primary membership for six months after it was found that he had conversed with a woman worker "in a manner not befitting a party leader."

A two-member party appointed commission, comprising law minister, A K Balan, and Kannur MP and central committee member P K Sreemathy, was appointed to probe the allegations. The phone conversation the legislator had with the complainant was presented as the key evidence.

The report stated that while Sasi had not sexually assaulted the complainant he had conversed with her inappropriately.

A defiant Sasi, who had earlier dismissed the allegation against him saying it was a "well planned conspiracy" later agreed that he would accept any decision the party leadership took against him.

The DYFI activist had alleged that she was sexually harassed by Sasi and complained to CPI(M) central leadership after the state leadership failed to respond.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber