Politicians face backlash for supporting illegal flats in Maradu

The demolition of five illegal high-rise apartment buildings in Kochi has snowballed into a major controversy, with some of the state’s prominent politicians who openly supported the illegal buildings now coming under fire from social media and even their own colleagues. The initial response of the political community in the state was one of support […]

Police investigation finds sensational rape case to be ‘fake’: reports

A sensational rape case of 2016, in which a housewife accused three brothers — including a CPIM ward councillor — of gang rape in Kerala, has been found to be fake and closed, said media reports quoting a status update given by the police to the local MLA. Two prominent celebrity women’s rights activists, dubbing […]

Hit by poll setbacks, Kerala CPIM woos savarna Hindus

The state wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) seems to have decided to win back the support of Hindu segments of the population, particularly savarnas (those with caste), to overcome a drop seen in its vote-share after the government sent a team of policemen and activists inside a temple last year. The forced […]

Kerala to ban ‘non-mainstream’ superstitions

The ‘Law Reforms Commission’ set up by the Kerala government two years ago has come up with a draft anti-superstition bill that will target those superstitions that cause ‘bodily harm’ and are not part of an established religion. The draft was prepared on the request of the Kerala government. The draft law will target ‘freelance’ […]