Gangtok: With assembly elections fast approaching, Nari Shakti, the women's wing of the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM), the main opposition party in Sikkim, filed an FIR against chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling for allegedly making “derogatory remarks” against women.
The complaint was filed for allegedly "insulting the modesty of women and making derogatory speeches and trying to cause disharmony within various communities in Sikkim and other parts of India".
The remarks were allegedly made by the chief minister while addressing a public meeting attended by those belonging to the Scheduled Castes in Gantok on December 5 last year.
The complaint letter said, "The CM commented on the monthly menstrual cycle of women in a disrespectful manner and called them untouchable during periods.”
Meanwhile, in a press conference called by Cheli Morcha, the women’s wing of the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), the representatives of the party condemned the allegations made by the women’s wing of SKM, and termed the controversy as an unnecessary one.
Sanju Rai, covenor of Cheli Morcha, south district, said that the allegation was made focusing only on the section of speech made by the chief minister in the recorded video/tape of the meeting and without seeing the complete video.
Similarly, Devi Maya Baraily, general secretary, legal cell of SDF, supported Rai’s statement and said that she was one of the participants of that meeting. She accused the opposition party of focusing only on that part of the clip where the chief minister is seen laughing, but not on the complete video which, she said, shows their incompetency.
The opposition parties in Sikkim are trying to unite ahead of the elections and dethrone the long ruling government, with SKM president PS Golay and Hamro Sikkim Party leader Bhaichung Bhutia on Tuesday breaking the ice between the two parties, and paving the way for a possible alliance against SDF in the state and national elections.