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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2959

Rape case: Kerala women’s groups seek resignation of RS Dy Chairman Kurien

From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, 07 February ( :

The CPM's women wing All-India Democratic Women's Federation on Wednesday took out a march to the Kerala assembly demanding a fresh probe into the Suryanelli gang-rape case in view of the charge levelled against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien by the victim.

The LDF opposition also kept up the issue by raising it in the state assembly again, protesting the UDF government's stand that a re-investigation in the case was not possible.

Addressing the marchers, AIDWA leaders T N Seema, MP, and K K Shylaja said the government's position in the case amounted to 'gross injustice' to the victim and her family as well as all the women in the country.

Kurien's name figured again in connection with the case after the victim wrote to her advocate in Delhi on January 29 to explore the possibility of filing a review petition, seeking a fresh probe against Kurien.

Three police investigations and the apex court had exonerated him of involvement in the 1996 Suryanelli rape case, Kurien said and asserted that he was innocent in the eyes of God too.

"Please note that I have been cleared by three different police investigation teams; besides the apex court exonerated me and the final discharge in the case following a private petition filed by the victim came from the Kerala high court. In the eyes of God also I have done no wrong," Kurien said.

The horrific case in Suryanelli in Kerala's Idukki district took place in January 1996 when a 16-year-old was threatened, abducted and abused by a bus conductor. She was brutally sexually assaulted for 45 days by 42 men. The victim had named Kurien as among those who exploited her in 1996.

The case is back in the spotlight after the Supreme Court on January 31 ordered a retrial, setting aside the acquittal in 2005 by the Kerala high court of all but one of the 35 accused.

- Asian Tribune -

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