Who is M. C. Josephine?
M. C. Josephine is an Indian activist and politician. She currently serves as the Chairperson of the Kerala Women’s Commission since March 2017. She is a central committee member of the CPI(M) and she was the candidate of CPI(M) for the 2006 Kerala Legislative Assembly election from erstwhile Mattancherry constituency.
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Kerala Women’s Commission to submit proposals to government to check dowry harassment and ostentatious weddings.
Giving women the rights over the gold and gifts she receives at the time of her wedding and regulating expensive weddings through law figure among the proposals to be submitted by the Kerala State Women’s Commission before the Kerala government to check dowry harassment and ostentatious weddings.
The move comes close on the heels of the public outrage over the death of 24-year-old woman, who was found hanging at her in-laws’ house in Kollam on Monday, in a suspected case of death related to dowry harassment. Her husband was arrested and slapped with charges under sections 498A (subjecting a woman to cruelty for dowry) and 304B (dowry death).
“Regulating ostentatious weddings and giving bride the rights over the gold and gifts she receives at the time of her wedding are some of the proposals on the anvil to check the menace of dowry harassment and lavish weddings in the State,” pointed out M. C. Josephine, chairperson of the Kerala State Women’s Commission.
Kerala had recorded 66 dowry-related deaths between 2016 and 2020 under the category of ‘crime against women’ as per the data in the State Crime Records Bureau. About 15,140 cases were registered between 2016 and April this year under the category of ‘cruelty by husband/relatives’.
M. C. Josephine Controversy
After a DYFI woman leader raised harassment allegation against Shornur MLA P. K. Sasi, who is from the CPI(M), Josephine said a suo motu case cannot be registered as the complaint has been forwarded to the party, and that the party has its own way of dealing with it. Later, while responding to questions on the Commission’s perceived indifference in cases where the accused are CPI(M) leaders, Josephine, who is a central committee member of the party, said that her party is both court and police.
Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said that such statements were unacceptable while holding a quasi-judicial position, while Congress leader and MLA Shanimol Usman urged the government to take a case against her. The BJP demanded her resignation while it’s MP Meenakshi Lekhi called it “fascism in action”. The Mahila Congress also criticised the statement.