Kerala CPM leader in hot water over sexist remarks against Congress candidate Remya Haridashttps://indianexpress.com/elections/kerala-cpm-leader-a-vijayaraghan-in-hot-water-over-sexist-remarks-against-congress-candidate-remya-haridas-5655576/

Kerala CPM leader in hot water over sexist remarks against Congress candidate Remya Haridas

On Tuesday, Haridas, a Dalit woman, moved a police complaint against Vijayaraghavan, seeking that a case be registered against the CPI (M) leader.

Kerala CPM leader in hot water over sexist remarks against Congress candidate Remya Haridas
Congress leader Remya Haridas (L), A Vijayaraghan

CPI (M) central committee member and Left Democratic Front convener A Vijayaraghan has landed in trouble for a derogatory remark against United Democratic Front (UDF) candidate and Congress leader Remya Haridas, who is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Alathur constituency.

Vijayaraghavan had made the comment while addressing a convention of LDF candidate P V Anwar in Ponnani on Monday.

On Tuesday, Haridas, a Dalit woman, moved a police complaint against Vijayaraghavan, seeking that a case be registered against the CPI (M) leader.

The daughter of a daily wage worker, Haridas said she has reached this stage after fighting against heavy odds. “He (Vijayaraghavan) should remember that I too have a father and a mother. Those who are raising renaissance slogans should not behave with women in this manner. This is not an accidental statement, but a planned one. No other woman should not face such a situation in future. Hence, I have moved a complaint with the police,” she said.

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Two days ago, Vijayaraghavan made a similar sexist comment while referring to Haridas at a function in Kozhikode.

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As protests against his derogatory statements evoked widespread protests in Kerala, Vijayaraghavan tendered an apology, saying he never intended to hurt any person. “Hurting someone is not my approach. I had no intention to insult Haridas or Kunhalikutty. My statements were misconstrued in a manner to create misunderstanding. I want that more women should come to public sphere,” he said.

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