Arrest warrant issued against Malayalam actor Vijay Babu for sexual assault; Red Corner Notice to follow

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Kerala Police are intensifying the hunt after an arrest warrant was issued against absconding Malayalam film actor Vijay Babu in connection with a case of sexual harassment. An actress in the Malayalam film industry accused Vijay Babu of assaulting and sexually exploiting her.

A local court in Ernakulam has issued an arrest warrant against the accused as a prelude to issuing a Red Corner Notice (RCN), reported news organisation Malayalam Manorama.

A Red Corner Notice is issued by law enforcers of a country to seek the arrest or provisional arrest of wanted criminals with the intention of extraditing them to their home country to stand trial for crimes.

Following the issuance of the arrest warrant, photographs of the actor-cum-producer, Vijay Babu, along with the case details in which he is accused, will appear on the website of the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) in the coming days.

Once a Red Corner Notice is issued, Dubai Police will be able to legally detain the actor and extradite him to India.

However, the police are not ruling out the chances of Vijay Babu crossing over to some other country, which does not have an agreement with India regarding handing over the accused in criminal cases, reported Malayalam Manorama.

The victim in the case, on April 22, filed a case against actor Vijay Babu, stating that he had physically assaulted her and sexually exploited her from March 13 to April 14, 2022.

The victim, in her complaint to the police, alleged that Vijay Babu tortured her several times at his apartment in Ernakulam by promising her better opportunities in the film industry.

The victim alleged that Vijay Babu intoxicated her and sexually abused her without consent.

“When I was incapable of saying yes or no consciously, he used my body as a tool for his pleasure. He has forced himself on me and even forced me into oral sex in a car against my will. I was in a state of shock, incapable of talking or responding,” the victim said on the Facebook post.

“I was under his control and was scared to speak up because of the clout , influence and power he wielded in the film industry. It was a trap to use me,” said the victim.

However, on the night of April 26, Vijay Babu went live on Facebook, alleging that the young woman was torturing him and that he was the ‘real victim’. “I haven’t done anything wrong. I’m the victim. The law of this country protects her and she is at ease while I’m the one who is suffering,” he said.

“She started sending messages saying she was depressed. From December 2021 till March 2022, I have all her messages, and over 400 screenshots. Whatever allegations she may have, rape or consensual, I have it all on record,” he added.

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