Thiruvananthapuram: A former Secretariat employee has set social media abuzz with her Facebook post recounting how a Kerala minister kissed her on the palm while she was getting his signature on official papers. Her Facebook page was quickly flooded with messages, urging her to reveal the name of the minister or to leave enough clues about the when and where of it. In an attempt to put to rest the hullabaloo, she added an appendage refusing to divulge details.
Facebook post 1
This is quite a while ago. I had walked into the minister’s office that evening with an urgent file that needed his signature. He signed it and in the next second he planted a kiss on my right palm. I was so shocked that I felt at sea for a moment. But I was quick to find my bearings and realized that raising a hue and cry would be not be wise. I thought it best to shrug it off as a harmless prank and leave the scene. I was a young widow. There might not be anyone who would stand by me. The complainant might just end up being persecuted. I had two small girls who would be tormented if I got into trouble. Instead, I reminded myself that I carried sanitizer and wet wipes in my handbag. I took them out and cleansed my hand, placing my displeasure on record with that action. I left the room and have never seen his face again till this day.
Facebook post 2
“Which Minister? Which year?” – Well-meaning mediapersons have been relentlessly asking these questions. Whoever it was, I stand by my faith that the whole episode is only worth a drop some sanitizing solution. If I give you clues to start a guessing game around stretch of years from 2001 to 2016, countless are the names will you stumble on. There are innumerable experiences – both good and bad – that come to us during the years in a job. There are some we ignore, some we recount in later years. I have no intention of dragging anyone into a controversy. I have enough compassion to remind myself of the unfortunate women in the lives of fallen men – whether he is a minister or a common man. There is no politics here, no high-brow philosophy, no vengeance. You can take your inquiries forward, but the answer will stay right with me.”
(The Facebook posts are not included here in their entirety).