At a time when Kerala is battling increasing incidents of sexual harassment against women, an alleged incident of misconduct with a woman against the transport minister, AK Saseendran has caused him to step down. A newly launched Malayalam news channel, Mangalam aired an audio clip on Sunday, of a woman’s conversation with the minister, which had the minister speaking in a sexually explicit way.
To avoid embarrassment to his party and the LDF Government and to uphold political morality, the 71-year old resigned from his post.
The woman in clip had apparently contacted the minister for a favour when he allegedly took note of her phone number and began harassing her with calls and talking sexually to her. But given that the clip contains only the minister’s voice, the authenticity of the clip could be questioned.