Husband ‘illegally detained’ in Maldives, says woman

She has appealed to Union Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj seeking K.K. Jayachandran's release

December 06, 2014 06:01 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 04:52 pm IST - Kozhikode

A woman whose husband has been “illegally detained” in the Maldives has appealed to the Centre seeking release.

Jyothi Jayachandran, resident of Kohinoor in Malappuram district, in her petition to the Union Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, said that K.K. Jayachandran, a teacher, has been falsely accused of abusing a student. He was arrested on April 5, 2014, following a complaint.

“But it was found that the incident was a classroom issue blown up out of proportion. Subsequently, the complaint was withdrawn by the victim and his parents, but the Police Department still pursued the case by extending the custody,” Ms. Jyothi said.

Though the authorities had forwarded the complaint withdrawal report along with the recommendation of his release, the Maldives government had not closed the case, she said.

Mr. Jayachandran has been working in Faafu Feali Atoll School in Maldives as a teacher of English under the Ministry of Education.

Ms. Jyothi said her husband, who is allowed to call her twice in a month, told her that the allegation was a concocted one as his relationship with the school authorities had been strained. “Besides, a glaring anomaly in the case is that he was taken into custody on April 5 but his termination letter, issued a week later did not mention any such incident,” she said.

The geographical, cultural and political scenario of Maldives hampered every move to establish his “honesty and innocence.” “I have approached the Indian High Commission and Embassy office at Maldives. So far, I got no positive response from them,” she added.

Mr. Jayachandran was the senior-most teacher in the school and has a rich academic record without a single iota of black mark in his personal and professional life. “He has been in the teaching profession for a long time and has run an educational institution for 10 years in Kerala which accommodated more than 1000 students. “ He is an active social worker and a man of letters,” Ms. Jyothi said.

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