Domestic violence charge against Minister

Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan has termed ‘irresponsible’ and ‘a disgrace to Kerala’ Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s silence on Forest Minister K.B. Ganesh Kumar’s wife’s complaint of domestic violence.

In a statement here on Thursday, Mr. Achuthanandan asked the Chief Minister to respond to Government Chief Whip P.C. George that he (Mr. Chandy) had ‘cleverly’ turned back the Minister’s wife who had gone to him complaining about domestic violence.

Although the media had reported the Minister’s wife as having said that she was beaten up by Mr. Ganesh Kumar, nobody had refuted it.

Under laws relating to domestic violence, if any person submitted a complaint about domestic violence, it should immediately be forwarded to the police. The decision to turn back the person with the intention of averting a police case was breach of oath of office and misuse of power. If the Minister’s wife had made only a courtesy call, the Chief Minister should say so.

He should also speak his mind on the Forest Minister’s complaint that Mr. George was vilifying him because he had not done his bidding in the Nelliampathy forest cases. The Chief Minister was observing silence only to preserve his seat, Mr. Achuthanandan said.

Special Correspondent writes from Kannur: CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan has called upon Mr. Chandy to take firm action on the reported complaint lodged by Mr. Ganesh Kumar’s wife, as the issue involves questions of morality and decency in public life.

Wrong message

Speaking to reporters at a press conference here on Thursday, Mr. Vijayan said the UDF appeared to have sent across a message that morality and decency in public life was not important. The reported written complaint lodged by the Minister’s wife to the Chief Minister had, in fact, endorsed Government Chief Whip P.C. George’s disclosure on the Minister’s personal life.

The Chief Minister should explain what happened to the reported complaint, the content of which was now reported, he said.

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