Actress Swetha Menon molested, files complaint

Malayalam actress Swetha Menon has finally withdrawn her complaint against Congress MP Peethamabara Kurup for alleged groping.

In an email to the media, the actress thanked media for supporting her and also announced the withdrawl of her complaint. She stated that she was withdrawing her complaint after repeated apologies from Congress MP Kurup. She also stated that she was under no pressure and the decision was taken after consulting her guru, her husband and her father.

CPI-M Rajya Sabha member T.N. Seema was so turned by the incident that she had asked Kurup to resign in the wake of such immoral act. However when she heard that Swetha had withdrawn her complaint, she accepted that as the latter’s choice. Seema said, “The fact of the matter is the way in which the Congress party reacted very harshly towards her at her time of distress.”

Kurup was unavailable for comments.

On Sunday morning, Swetha made a statement about her grievances at the Kollam police. She was ill treated at a boat riding competition on Friday in which the actress was one among the chief guests.

The Kollam police registered her case against Kurup.

After getting her case filed, Swetha left for Bangalore along with her family.

On the other hand, youth congress workers got very angry with the actress and they burned effigy of the actress and shouted slogans against the actress in Kollam. A party worker said, “She is one woman who, in a Malayalam film ("Kallimannu"), allowed scenes of the delivery (of a baby) to be shot.”

A case under Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent of outraging her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code was registered against Kurup. Hearing this, Kurup said, “Yes, the police have registered a case, and that is as it should be. I’m happy that the police have taken up a case. Now, I will deal with it in the legal way.”

“There was a huge crowd, and in a crowded place, some jostling happens. She complained after almost six hours. Nothing of the sort happened, as she claims”, district Congress president Pratapa Varma Thampan said in support of Kurup.

“I do not wish to speak much, because the police is investigating the case”, Kurup said.

“Both the chief minister and the home minister have failed to do their duty in taking quick action. Safety of women is a big issue in the state, and they are silent”, CPI-M politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said.