Ex-SFI leader, who alleges CPM complicity in missing newborn case, to stage hunger strike before Secretariat

Thiruvananthapuram: Anupama S Chandran, the 23-year-old mother who recently accused her parents of forcefully taking away her newborn, has decided to stage a one-day hunger strike before the State Secretariat on Saturday.

The former SFI member who earlier slammed the entire CPM machinery, especially its unit in Thiruvananthapuram, for apathy, said that the strike was against the lawmakers who aided those who wronged her.

Anupama, who is the daughter of CPM local committee member P S Jayachandran, has accused her parents of taking her baby from her soon after its birth a year ago.

According to her, the police refused to register a case against her influential family members despite making repeated attempts since April this year.

She has also alleged that the Council for Child Welfare's General Secretary Shiju Khan had helped the accused to keep her child away.

However, airing my concerns to the party leadership has not yielded any result, Anupama said.

Despite lodging a formal complaint, neither the party's interim state General Secretary A Vijayaraghavan nor the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has paid her any heed, she said.

Anupama is a former leader of the Students' Federation of India (SFI), CPM's student organisation.

She gave birth to a child out of wedlock when in a relationship with Ajith, a member of the party's youth wing Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI).

Anupama's parents, who were against the relationship, had forcefully taken away the boy child, three days after she was discharged from the hospital post delivery.

The baby is yet to be traced.

Anupama left home in April and has been living with Ajith since then. 

Meanwhile, the police said that a case was registered on Tuesday against six people including her parents, sister and husband and father's two friends, and said the delay happened as they were waiting for the legal opinion.

Multiple charges, under IPC Section 343 (wrongful confinement), 361 (kidnapping from wrongful guardianship), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and so on, were imposed against the accused, they said.

Anupama's father Jayachandran has reportedly admitted that the child was separated from his daughter.

However, he maintains that it was done with her consent.

However, Anupama alleges that her parents had forced her to sign a paper.

According to the father's statement, the child was placed in 'Ammathottil', the electric cradle in front of the state-run Child Welfare Centre at Thycaud here last October.

As per the rules of the Child Welfare Centre, a child received in the cradle would be kept with it for the next two months. If no one comes claiming the child's ownership, they would allow the public to adopt the infant, the police said.

"We have contacted the Welfare Committee authorities...they have admitted that they received a child on the same day but not ready to reveal anything further as it is against their rules and norms regarding adoption," the police officer added.

On Thursday, taking cognisance of the matter, the State Women's Commission has sought an immediate report from the state police chief. It has also summoned the accused for talks.

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