Kerala: Congress MLA Vincent arrested on charges of rape

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Following the Kerala Congress MLA M. Vincent's arrest on charges of rape, stalking and abetment of suicide of a 51-year-old woman, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) on Saturday stated that the Congress should take disciplinary action against him and ensure that he resigns from his post. The accused identified as M Vincent was taken into custody today.

Earlier, the woman and her husband had approached the MLA seeking protection from some person who had been pestering her.

State Congress president MM Hassan said that this was a case of political scores being settled. Vincent, of course, says that he's innocent, and alleges that this is all a criminal conspiracy against him. After police recorded their statements, they asked the victim to go for a medical examination. Initially police booked the legislator for abetment of suicide following a complaint lodged by the woman's husband who claimed that Vincent used to call his wife on her phone and harass her.

Earlier in the day, Vincent was arrested after he was yesterday booked on the aforementioned charges. On Saturday, he filed an anticipatory bail plea before the court but the court set aside his petition for hearing on Monday.




The prosecution case was that the MLA then struck up a non-consensual relationship with the woman, which resulted in she being sexually abused at her home repeatedly. He tried to hush up the case asking the victim's brother to say she attempted suicide due to family dispute.

The police probe team is being headed by Kollam Superintendent of Police S Ajeetha Begum, who also joined in the questioning of Vincent.

A magistrate reportedly recorded the victim's statement.

Leader of opposition and senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala said the legislator has told the party that he is innocent and is ready to face any probe.

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