Kochi: After two days of standing her ground, Malayalam film actress Swetha Menon (pictured), has withdrawn her complaint against Congress MP Peethamabara Kurup for allegedly groping her.
In an email to the media late yesterday, she said she was not interested in pursuing her complaint and was not going ahead with any legal steps, in the wake of repeated apologies by Kurup, which has been accepted.
The email states she took this step after consulting her guru, father, husband and not under any pressure.
In the email, she thanked all the support that was extended to her from the media and others. The actress alleged the lawmaker tried to grope her during a boat race in Kollam Friday, where she was one of the guests of honour.
Reacting to the turn of events, CPI-M Rajya Sabha member T N Seema said that the decision was hers. “The fact of the matter is the way in which the Congress party reacted very harshly towards her at her time of distress,” said Seema, who had gone to the extent of asking Kurup to resign in the wake of a case being registered against him. Kurup, however, is yet to react to the turn of events.
She made this volte face after giving her statement to the Kollam Police yesterday morning about her grievances of how she was treated. Following this, the Kollam Police was forced to register a case against Kurup.
In the evening, angry Youth Congress workers in Kollam district of Kerala burnt an effigy of Menon after reports that police registered a case against Kurup.
Shouting slogans against the actress, party activists walked through the main road in Kollam and warned they would continue their protests against her.
“She is one woman who, in a Malayalam film Kallimannu (clay), allowed scenes of the delivery of a baby to be shot,” said a Youth Congress leader while addressing the activists.IANS