Kerala Women's Commission chairperson quits after widespread protests
Thiruvananthapuram, June 25, 2021
Kerala Women's Commission chairperson M C Josephine decided to resign from her position on Friday, a day after protests spilled on to the streets following a curt remark by her during a television programme.
Josephine is a senior member of the CPI-M central committee.
The decision that she will put in her papers came at a party meeting in which she also took part at the state CPI-M state headquarters on Friday.
In a phone-in programme organised by a TV channel, Josephine, responding to a woman who had called to complain about the harassment that she has been facing at her husband's home, but added that she had not given a police complaint, said: "If you have not done (that), then you continue to suffer."
In the one-to-one talk between Josephine and the hapless woman, Josephine behaved in a "very rude and curt manner, where she was seen expressing her displeasure all through the talk" and, at the end, the caller disconnected.
The entire opposition, both the Congress and the BJP, criticised Josephine and even took to the streets demanding her removal.
Women activists from the Congress staged a protest outside the CPI-M headquarters where the meeting was scheduled but were taken into custody by the police.
The women wing of the BJP too staged their protests before the Commission office and the CPI-M office.
Finding no support for her in the party and taking into account the growing protests, Josephine was asked to put in her papers.
Her five-year term was to end next year.
For the past few days, the state has witnessed a spate of suicides by young women upset by the grooms' demand for more dowry. In the midst of all these cases, came Jospehine's statement, which did not find favour with the people.