Writer from Kerala Civic Chandran faces second sexual harassment case

Even as a renowned author and social activist Chandran Civic is free and awaiting a court order on his early bail in a sexual harassment case, another female writer has filed a similar complaint against him.

In her plea filed to Koyilandi police here on Friday, the female writer accused Chandran of making sexual advances at a book exhibition in the town in February 2020.

A second case was against Chandran based on that complaint, police said.

It was late last week that a female writer, from a Scheduled Tribal community, approached law enforcement alleging sexual harassment by the author.
The plaintiff had accused Chandran of misconduct amounting to sexual misconduct at a book publishing function held in April.

Since then, he kept bothering her on the phone, the complainant alleged.
As a result of the complaint, the police had registered a sexual offense case in addition to another case under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

However, the police could not register his arrest because Chandran had fled.

Meanwhile, a court here on Saturday issued its orders in the defendant’s proposed early bail application for August 2.