PP Shyjal, the Vice President of Kerala’s Muslim Student Federation (MSF) was reportedly removed from his post the India Union Muslim League (IUML) on Wednesday. The decision was allegedly made because Shyjal supported Haritha, the women’s wing.
As per reports, the student body Vice President criticised the leaders at MSF and IUML publicly on Monday for the actions taken against Haritha. The women’s wing was dissolved by IUML last week after they raised a sexual harassment complaint against two leaders of MSF.
The IUML released a statement on removal of Shyjal in which they claimed that he was relieved because of ‘indiscipline’. Local media reports claimed that Shyjal and other leaders of MSF had expressed dissent against the action taken for Haritha. They had also requested IUML to take strict action against the accused persons.
Shyjal in his statement to media on September 13 had said, “I have informed my stand clearly inside the party earlier itself. They (Haritha leaders who raised sexual allegations) did not get justice is what I want to tell. I have been on the side of the truth.”
Haritha was dissolved on September 8 by the IUML leadership for alleged ‘repeated acts of indiscipline’. They also appointed a new committee of women leaders who did not sign the complaint submitted by state women’s commission. The said complaint was against MSF state president PK Navas and Malappuram District General Secretary V Abdul Vahab.
When IUML did not take action against the accused the 10 women leaders of Haritha approached state women’s commission. That is when the incident came in public limelight. According to reports, the complaint alleged that PK Navas and Vahad spoke to women leaders in a vulgar manner during a meeting on June 22. The Haritha leaders were allegedly called ‘infertile feminists’.