Controversial speech on Sabarimala issue, Actor Kollam Thulasi surrenders

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KOCHI: Malayalam actor Kollam Thulasi surrendered before the Chavara police station in Kollam district of Kerala, in connection with the case of controversial speech against women.


On January 10, the High Court had rejected the anticipatory bail plea of actor Kollam Thulasi in connection with this case and had instructed him to appear before the investigation officer at the earliest.

Even though, the actor surrendered almost a month after the Kerala HC order.

DYFI Chavara block committee member lodged the complaint and the case was charged for hurting religious sentiments and for defaming womanhood publicly.

On October 13 last year, the cops had registered a case against him as he said that women who enter Sabarimala Temple should be ripped into the half.

Kollam Thulasi had made this remarks while taking part in a Sabarimala protection rally at Chavara in Kollam District on October 12, 2018.

"Women coming to Sabarimala temple should be ripped into the half. One half should be sent to Delhi and the other half should be thrown towards Chief Minister's office in Thiruvananthapuram," he had said.

Soon after his remarks were reported, the actor faced the immediate heat with people criticising his misogynistic remarks against women.

Kollam Thulasi, on his part, has come forth and issued an apology on the incident.

"I spoke to a couple of elderly women outside the venue before taking part the speech. It was their comments and I used it during my speech. I know I made a mistake and I apologise for the same," Thulasi had said.

Thulasi’s controversial remarks have sparked anger among the public in Kerala and the Women's Commission had taken a suo motu case over the incident.

The leader has been booked under Sections 295(a) (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), 354(a) (Sexual harassment and punishment for sexual harassment), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 505(b) (Statements conducing to public mischief, with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public) and 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) as well as 119(a) (Performing any sexual gestures or acts degrading the dignity of women in a public place) 117 (Penalty for interfering in the functions of the police) of the Kerala Police Act.

 

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