CPI(M) to probe sexual harassment allegations against its MLA
Following a directive by the central leadership of the CPI(M), the Kerala unit of the party will probe charges of sexual harassment against its MLA PK Sasi. The directive came after a young CPI(M) leader alleged that Sasi had harassed her and demanded sexual favors. Notably, this isn't the first such complaint against him. Here are the details.
The allegations against PK Sasi
The victim alleged that Sasi had tried to abuse her sexually at the CPI(M)'s Mannarkkad office in Kerala. She further said that Sasi had demanded sexual favors, offering her coveted position in the party's youth wing in exchange. Following these incidents, the woman had lodged a complaint with the state unit two weeks ago, and had even offered evidence, but to no avail.
Sasi calls allegations a "conspiracy"
"I heard it from the media. I have no idea how such allegations cropped up. It seems there is a conspiracy to end my political career," said Sasi, commenting on the allegations against him.
The CPI(M) central leadership is upset with the state unit
Two days ago, the leader from the CPI(M)'s youth wing lodged a complaint with CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, following attempts by Kerala CPI(M) leaders to hush up the allegations of sexual harassment against Sasi. The victim also wrote to politburo member Brinda Karat. Reportedly, the politburo is upset with the state unit's handling of the situation.
Sasi had been expelled for 7 years for similar allegations
It's worth noting here that Sasi had been expelled by the CPI(M) in 2011 over allegations of sexual misconduct. Back then, Sasi had been the District Secretary of Kannur, and had seen at least two allegations of sexual misconduct against him by a district leader and a CPI(M) state committee member. Sasi was re-admitted to the party last month, after being exonerated.
CPI(M) leader says Sasi will have to "pay for it"
"It is a serious issue. The legislator has invited enough embarrassment to the party and he will have to pay for it," said a senior party leader to Hindustan Times on the condition of anonymity.