The Kerala police have invoked non-bailable charges, pertaining to house trespassing with intent to outrage the modesty of a woman, against M Radhakrishnan, proof reader with the Kerala Kaumudi daily and, the powerful secretary of Thiruvananthapuram Press Club. However, the issue remains either unreported or under-reported in the mainstream Malayalam dailies and news channels in Kerala.
Other than a small report in the ‘state’ page of Madhyamam daily on Monday, media establishments in the vernacular have feigned ignorance about the whole issue despite the Kerala chapter of Network of Women in Media (NWMI) taking up the matter and approaching Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, seeking his intervention to ensure justice to the woman journalist, who, incidentally, is a colleague of Radhakrishnan in the same media house.
While the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) removed Radhakrishnan from its primary membership pending inquiry within hours of the woman journalist lodging a police complaint and one with the editor of the daily seeking Radhakrishnan’s removal from the post of proof reader. On the other hand, the press club has not yet initiated any action against its secretary who is known to wield tremendous influence in the corridors of power in the state capital.