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Women’s Commission chairperson courts controversy in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, June 24 (UNI): The Kerala State Women’s Commission chairperson, M C Josephine, has courted a controversy after making insensitive comment towards a domestic violence victim who approached the women’s commission during a live phone-in show on a TV channel.

A video clip of the controversial remarks by the women’s commission has gone viral on social media.

However, the women’s commission denied the allegation claiming that she did not mean anything wrong while replying to the woman complaining of domestic violence.

“The women’s commission attending several complaints every day goes through severe mental stress. We all are human beings. The commission is unable to reach everywhere to attend such large number of complaints, hence requested the woman to complain before the police,” she justified.

But a section of people took this an opportunity to misinterpret and blame the commission, she added.

During the TV show, Josephine who was irritated for not complaing to the police by the woman on the domestic violence against her, said “then, it is better to undergo the hardships from the in-laws and husband”.

She said this when the 24-year-old woman, Lebina, was narrating her difficulties faced at her in-laws’ house.

Meanwhile, Opposition leader in Kerala Assembly VD Satheesan and other Congress leaders demanded the resignation of the Josephine for her insensitive comment against the woman.

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