Kerala Vernacular Fires Employee For Assaulting Woman Journalist: All You Need To Know

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Kerala Journalist Assaulted Case: Kerala Kaumudi fired an employee working as a proofreader and the secretary of Thiruvananthapuram Press Club for the alleged assault of a woman journalist. The fired person, M Radhakrishnan is accused of barging into a woman journalists house and assaulting her.

Kerala Kaumudi fired the accused Radhakrishnan for alleged assault on a journalist. Radhakrishnan allegedly along with a group of people barged into a woman colleague’s home, abused and harassed her in front of her children. Radhakrishnan is accused of allegedly trespassing into a woman’s house and harassing her with group supporters in front of her children.

Things to know about the case

  •  M Radhakrishnan worked at Kerala Kaumudi and also the Secretary of Thiruvananthapuram Press Club. He is accused of barging into the house of a woman colleague and harassing her in November 2019.
  • The complainant and her husband also were members of the Press Club.
  • The survivor was allegedly subjected to harassment and humiliation. She said in an email sent to Press Club, “In the past one-and-a-half years, the mental tension we have faced is still a haunting experience. My kids, who are ten and nine years old, are still in shock.”
  • The survivor and her family ie husband and children lived in the same colony as Radhakrishnan.
  • Even though the survivor shared a cordial relationship with Radhakrishanan, it all changed after the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) elections in October 2019, claimed the survivor.
  • The survivor added that one of the female employees stood in the elections against Radhakrishnan which is why he pressurised the survivor to convince her to withdraw her nomination. On declining to do so, she was harassed by him and his supporters.
  • Sonichan, who works with Malayala Manorama is the Press Club President, and some others have stood firm supporting Radhakrishnan’s harassment, according to a report by The News Minute.
  • The email from the survivor further clarified that she understands that Radhakrishnan and those who support him are sufficient to dispose of the survivor and her family.
  • Radhakrishnan, alongside a gathering of individuals, burst into the lady columnist’s home the evening of November 30, 2019, when she was alone at home with her kids. The group abused, harassed and moral policed the woman journalist and attacked her male friend and associate.
  • Radhakrishnan was on December 6 arrested by the police on the basis of a complaint from the survivor. Kaumudi had set him under suspension since December and the last move has been made after an internal investigation into the case.
  • The Kerala Kaumudi gave their statement while firing the accused, “It’s found from the enquiry report that the allegations in the show cause notice have been proved in the enquiry.”

Picture Credits : PTI