Kerala CMO reacts to FB post on gangrape, promises action

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Rape1Dubbing artiste Bhagyalakshmi posted an account of gangrape on Facebook which has forced the Chief Minister’s Office to take the case into its hands. Responding to the post, the CMO sought more details from Bhagyalakshmi.

According to Bhagyalakshmi, a woman from Thrissur along with her husband came to her three weeks ago to speak to her about the gangrape. The incident apparently took place two years ago and involved four men, including a local politician, who were her husband’s friends.

The Facebook post has apparently gone viral. The 33-year-old woman said CPM councillor Jayandan, Bineesh, Jinesh and Shibhu had reportedly raped her. It took the woman around 18 months to file a police complaint in the matter. But she has now withdrawn her complaint after the torture unleashed on her.

“The police had apparently badgered her with insulting questions. The woman said she was asked which one of the rapists gave her the greatest pleasure. The woman amid sobs told me how her husband’s friends had threatened her not to reveal the incident, lest they would release video footage of the rape It was good that Nirbhaya, Jisha and Soumya died or else they too would have been tortured like the Suryanelli girl with inappropriate questions,” Bhagyalakshmi quotes the woman in her Facebook post.

Meanwhile, Prabha Varma, special secretary to CM Pinarayi Vijayan, said the matter will be taken up seriously. “’We have contacted Bhagyalakshmi. It is a serious matter and the government is taking it up with all seriousness,” he said.