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Dalit women who got jailed for ‘beating up CPI-M men’, gets bail in Kerala

On Friday, June 17, Thalassery Police presented Akhila and Anjana before a court that sent the two siblings and Akhila's 18-month-old baby to jail

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  • On Friday, Thalassery Police presented Akhila and Anjana before a court that sent the two siblings and Akhila’s 18-month-old baby to jail
  • The Congress party accused the ruling party of misusing power to send the two Dalit women to jail on false charges
  • CPI-M legislator A.M. Shamsheer said the two women trespassed into their party office and the law took its course

KERALA: A court here in Kerala on Saturday, June 18 granted bail to two Dalit women who were sent to jail on Friday for “trespassing into Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) office and beating up two party men”.

The Congress party, however, accused the ruling party of misusing power to send the two Dalit women — Akhila, 30, and her 25-year-old sister Anjana — to jail on false charges.

“The conditional bail has been given to the women and every Saturday, they have to report before the probe official and have to surrender their passport,” the counsel for the two women told reporters here.

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On Friday, June 17, Thalassery Police presented Akhila and Anjana before a court that sent the two siblings and Akhila’s 18-month-old baby to jail.

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Dalit women in South India. Image source: dalitskerala.wordpress.com

This case has by now drawn national attention with the media taking it up in a big way and the National Commission for Scheduled Caste looking into it as well.

“This is the biggest joke, such a thing never happened… and that too, two hapless young women beating up CPI-M men at their office. These are absolutely ridiculous and baseless allegations,” the Congress party’s Kerala unit president V.M. Sudheeran said while addressing a party function in Thiruvananthapuram.

Later, addressing reporters in Thiruvananthapuram, Sudheeran said the officials who acted at the behest of the CPI-M leaders should be taken to task for this act.

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Minister for Culture and SC/ST A.K. Balan told reporters in Delhi that they will look into the matter and see if anything wrong was done.

CPI-M state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said “this is the ploy of the Congress party to see that through all this, they can get into the good books of the community by targeting us”.

“The bail application could have been moved on Friday, but none of the Congress people wanted to do so,” said Balakrishnan.

Akhila and Anjana are daughters of Congress leader N. Rajan and his family has come under frequent fire from the CPI-M leaders after he contested last year’s local body election against a top CPI-M leader at Thalassery.

“They went to the CPI-M office to plead with those present there to leave them alone and not make them a subject of ridicule as they have been mentally harassed for long,” said Kannur district Congress president K. Surendran.

CPI-M legislator A.M. Shamsheer, who represents Thalassery constituency, said the two women trespassed into their party office and the law took its course. (IANS)

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It’s not what you wear, but the way you wear it

Men lack the enzyme which processes self-awareness, which is why we think we look good in Speedos

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A lot depends upon what we wear and how we carry it. Wikimedia Common
A lot depends upon what we wear and how we carry it. Wikimedia Common

Definition of being behind on the laundry: When you find yourself seriously considering wearing a Halloween costume to work.

I expected my wife to veto the idea, but she was okay with it, saying: “It’s not what you wear that counts, but whether you can carry it off.”

Mind you, this was a phone conversation and so she couldn’t see what I was wearing. In the event, going to work in a killer clown outfit was not as bad as it might have been, and the fake bloodstains on the costume proved advantageous. Fellow passengers quickly gave me a seat on the bus — actually, a whole block of seats.

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The main (and possibly only) advantage of marriage for guys is that we are given full-time aides (“wives”) who generally prevent us going out looking too ridiculous. Men lack the enzyme which processes self-awareness, which is why we think we look good in Speedos.

Proof: In my true-crime file is a report about a criminal fugitive on the run in Japan who disguised himself in a girls’ sailor suit school uniform. Since he was a tall man with massive shoulders, he managed to evade detection for only minutes.

Definition of being behind on the laundry: When you find yourself seriously considering wearing a Halloween costume to work. Wikimedia Commons
Definition of being behind on the laundry: When you find yourself seriously considering wearing a Halloween costume to work. Wikimedia Commons

Another true story: Last year, a pair of bank robbers decided to dress as women to scope out a bank in Thomasville, Florida. The result was the opposite of what they expected: They became the centre of attention, of course.

It is really hard for men to dress convincingly as females as we lack the two main things that make a woman a woman — good taste, and the ability to walk with our feet clamped in instruments of torture known as “lady’s shoes”.

There’s one exception which proves my point. In November last year, the coach of the Thailand women’s kabaddi team was dismayed to find out that males were banned from attending women’s sports events in Iran, where his team was playing. So he wrapped his head in a female scarf and marched straight in.

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He fooled nobody but correctly judged that the women would be too nice to throw him out. Smart guy.

Our UK correspondent shared a sad news item about a group of men who raised money for their local hospital by dressing as nurses and pushing a bed around town. The hospital refused to accept the cash as they said it was considered politically incorrect for men to dress as nurses these days.

It is really hard for men to dress convincingly as females as we lack the two main things that make a woman a woman. Wikimedia Commons
It is really hard for men to dress convincingly as females as we lack the two main things that make a woman a woman. Wikimedia Commons

This seems unfair, as I have seen marathon runners dressed as bananas, dinosaurs and Q-Tips without complaint from fruit sellers, palaeontologists or people who like to poke things in their ears.

But the political issues surrounding women’s clothes are complex. In 2011 someone organised a “slutwalk” in Canada. This involved scantily-clad females marching down the road with protest banners. When the Slutwalk arrived in Asia, the women were fully covered up and many of the marchers were male; so the event missed the point, a bit like the Animal Rights Barbecue that a friend of mine once tried to organise.

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Anyway, like my wife says, it’s not what you wear but how you wear it. By the way, I look great in a Speedo. (IANS)

(Nury Vittachi is an Asia-based frequent traveller. Send ideas and comments via his Facebook page)