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Woman uses webcam to trap politician

Kerala legislator and son face abuse charge reporter, Thiruvananthapuram

June 24, 2013

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The growing popularity of video technology using computers and mobile phones could prove to be the undoing of a leading politician in India’s Kerala state.

On Sunday, a 30-year-old woman filed a police complaint against a Kerala state assembly member and his son, accusing them of sexually abusing her.

To back up her claim she reportedly provided almost three minutes of video footage showing alleged sex acts, some of which has been aired by the Indian media.

Police in Ernakulam district have registered a case of sexual abuse against 63-year old legislator Jose Thettayail and his son Adarsh Thettayail, 26.

“If the offence is proved, the accused could face a minimum term of seven years imprisonment,” police official Joby George told

According to the alleged victim's 15 page complaint, she had been in a relationship with the legislator’s son who had abused her sexually after having promised to marry her.

Later the father also had sex with her on the promise that he would help her marry his son.

In her complaint, she said she first had sex with the father, Jose Thettayail, in her room in January 2012

The sexual relationship lasted till October. "I filmed him using webcam in my bedroom as a precaution," she said in her statement to police.

The woman, a computer applications graduate, filed the police complaint after she found the legislator's son planned to marry someone else.

“This is the first known case in the state of a high profile politician being trapped via webcam in a sex scandal,” said B Sandya, additional director general of police who heads a special unit investigating sexual abuses cases against women and children. 

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