News Reading Practice #21

(100 Day Challenge)


The Hindu Bureau

The Nadakkavu police here on Friday registered a case against actor and BJP leader Suresh Gopi after a woman journalist lodged a complaint alleging that he misbehaved with her during a media interaction in Kozhikode on Friday. She submitted the written petition to the District Police Chief (Kozhikode City).
The complainant said she was mentally upset after the actor allegedly touched her shoulders a second time even after she had resisted his first attempt. She alleged that the apology tendered by the actor on his social media page on Saturday was a justification of his action and that she wanted to fight it legally.
Police sources said the actor was charged under Section 354 A (punishment for sexual harassment of the nature of unwelcome physical contact and advances) of the IPC.
The Kerala Union of Working Journalists and many women's organisations have sought legal action against the actor. The Kerala State Women's Commission also took up the issue after receiving a complaint from the journalist. The panel sought a report from the District Police Chief.
Mr. Gopi's statement that he had interacted with the journalist with fatherly affection drew criticism from various quarters.
Though many of the BJP functionaries in Kerala supported Mr. Gopi's stance, many organisations and activists said he did not respect the complainant's attempt to resist his disturbing action.
A statement issued by the Network of Women in Media said the body language of Mr. Gopi was aggressive and it should be considered as harassment at the workplace. They said sections under the Protection of Women from Sexual Harassment Act should be invoked. Functionaries of the Janadhipathya Mahila Association said the attempts to justify unwelcoming touch as an expression of affection was absurd. They also extended moral support to the journalist's legal fight against the alleged assault.

Booked - കേസെടുത്തു

Plaint - പരാതി

Lodge a complaint - പരാതി കൊടുക്കുക

Allege – ആരോപിക്കുക

Misbehave - മര്യാദകേടായി പെരുമാറുക

Resist - ചെറുക്കുക, എതിര്‍ക്കുക

Attempt - ശ്രമം

Apology - മാപ്പ്

Tender apology - ക്ഷമാപണം നടത്തുക

Justification - ന്യായീകരണം

Fight legally  - നിയമപരമായി പോരാടുക

Charge - കുറ്റം ചുമത്തുക

unwelcome - സ്വാഗതാര്‍ഹമല്ലാത്ത

Sought legal action - നിയമനടപടി തേടുക

Fatherly affection - പിതൃതുല്യമായ വാത്സല്യം

Draw criticism - വിമര്‍ശനത്തിന് ഇടയാക്കുക

From various quarters - വിവിധ കോണുകളില്‍ നിന്ന്

Functionaries - ഭാരവാഹികള്‍

Stance –നിലപാട്

Complainant - പരാതിക്കാരന്‍, പരാതിക്കാരി

Disturbing - അസ്വസ്ഥതയുളവാക്കുന്ന

Issue a statement - പ്രസ്ഥാവന പുറപ്പെടുവിക്കുക

Justify  - ന്യായീകരിക്കുക

Absurd - അബദ്ധം, അസംബന്ധം

Moral support -ധാര്‍മ്മികമായ പിന്തുണ