Vincent says won't quit, blames Pinarayi for his arrest

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A Congress MLA has been booked on the charge of rape, after a 51-year-old woman, who also attempted suicide, claimed that she was being harassed by him.

Police said that the woman attempted suicide on Wednesday. But after the victim revealed that Vincent had made sexual advances on her, the police slapped charges against him under section 376 (punishment for rape) and section 354 (d) (punishment for stalking).

According to police, some person who managed to procure the phone number of the woman, when she attended a medical camp, flooded her with annoying calls. DYFI activists took out a march to MLA hostel where he was questioned, and burnt him in effigy. She was admitted to a hospital in Neyyatinkara.

Following the arrest Vincent is likely to resign from the Assembly.

Meanwhile the 49-year-old Congress leader approached a court in Thiruvananthapuram seeking anticipatory bail. "I'm the victim of a CPM conspiracy". A magistrate also recorded her statement at the hospital.

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The woman's husband has filed a complaint with the local police station near here that the legislator had threatened and was harassing his wife over phone. He has alleged that the whole sequence of events involving the suicide attempt appears scripted.

Meanwhile, Vincent has alleged that a local CPI (M) leader was at the woman's house when she attempted suicide, and that she was brought to the hospital in his auto, said a report.

The police team will now meet up with Kollam Superintendent of Police S. Ajeetha Begum, who heads the probe team.

Senior women leaders in the Congress party M Bindu Krishna and Shanimol Usman have asked Vincent to step down as legislator and face the probe.

Congress state president M M Hassan said the party would initiate action against the MLA if he is pronounced guilty by a court.

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