A left party lawmaker was caught on camera for making a derogatory remark on a young woman Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, weeks after when lakhs of women were rallied by the left government in Kerala to showcase the state’s progressive history.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM legislator S Rajendran insulted a sub-collector in Devikulam. CPM legislator S Rajendran, from Devikulam, made a sexist remark on lady IAS officer in front of her officers and public and called her ‘brainless, ‘without any common sense.’
30-year-old IAS officer Renu Raj is the first woman sub-collector of Devikulam. This place is a part of Idukki - popular with tourists but also infamous for illegal constructions and land encroachments.
The lawmaker was angry by the sub-collector’s "stop memo" against a construction project by the Left-run panchayat, S Rajendran said: "It's for the first time that the government is asking for an explanation from the government itself. I have not seen such over smart people before. Building rules are to be seen by the panchayat. Not by her. She needs to study and learn. Such people without any common sense and brains are sent here." This whole incident was caught on camera.
Reportedly, the sub-collector was not present at the venue, but she was informed about it by other officers. Speaking on the CPM lawmaker’s remark, the young IAS officer said, “The high court has sent me a directive to file a report in relation to this particular construction, which is now a contempt of court. I have also filed reports with the chief secretary and the revenue secretary on the violation of court order as well as the opposition I faced for doing my duty.”
Renu Raj, a 2015-batch IAS officer also added, "Despite how the MLA behaved in front of my officers, I have received tremendous support from my seniors, from the media and political leaders. I am certain I have done the right thing. I will continue to do my duty, in accordance with my post, no matter what it takes.”