• Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

Councillor absconding as college alumni allege sexual abuse

A bunch of alumni of St. Gemma’s Ladies Larger Secondary College right here accused a CPI(M) councillor of the Malappuram municipality of sexually abusing them for a few years when he was their instructor on the college.

Ok.V. Sasikumar, the councilor who retired from service in March, has been absconding after the police registered a case towards him below Safety of Youngsters from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

District Police Chief Sujit Das S. stated that the case was registered on the idea of a criticism filed by a former scholar of the college. He stated the police have been looking for him.

The alumni group led by Beena Pillai, a lawyer, accused Sasikumar of abusing and even raping dozens of women once they have been between 9 and 12 years of age. The lecturers and the college authorities have been learnt to have turned a blind eye when the women complained.

“The lecturers used to inform the women to not flirt with him at any time when they complained. It’s fairly critical. He’s learnt to have abused dozens of women over these years,” stated Ms. Beena.

Sasikumar’s victims have fashioned a collective utilizing the social media platform and started a marketing campaign towards him. All of it started with a social media publish he made when he retired in March. His publish portraying himself as an ‘best instructor’ obtained destructive feedback from his former college students who uncovered him saying that he was a paedophile.

Just like the Me-Too motion, dozens of scholars who had been sexually abused by him over time joined palms and raised a banner of protest right here. “It’s not vendetta towards Sasikumar. We’ve got such abusive lecturers lurking on our campuses. It’s a motion towards them,” stated Ms. Beena.

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She stated a criticism had been filed towards him in 2019 however no motion was taken. “The college has been identified for its self-discipline and teachers; but it surely has failed miserably in defending its college students,” she stated.

She stated there have been a number of instances of aggravated sexual assault involving Sasikumar. Two ladies had been on the point of committing suicide, and one lady needed to be hospitalised, she stated. “Our youngsters fail to differentiate between love and lust. That’s why he continued his abuse for years on finish,” she added. She stated many victims have been reluctant to come back out due to household constraints.

In the meantime, a number of teams staged protests right here on Thursday demanding the arrest of Sasikumar. District Congress Committee president V.S. Pleasure demanded {that a} particular investigation workforce be constituted for a complete inquiry. “What got here out is simply the tip of the iceberg. It’s a critical factor,” he stated.

The Muslim Youth League, the Youth Congress, the Welfare Celebration of India, the Fraternity Motion, and the Vanitha League took out marches right here and demanded {that a} case be registered towards St. Gemma’s college administration below the POCSO Act.