Thiruvananthapuram: Congress MP K Sudhakaran’s insulting comments on the Suryanelli gang rape victim has kicked up a row.  
K Sudhakaran's comment during a media interaction in Muscat triggered widespread condemnation not only from the Opposition but even from women leaders of the Congress.
The Lok Sabha MP from Kannur made sweeping comments against the girl and linked it with the remarks made by former judge of the Kerala High Court, Justice R Basanth, who was part of the two-member bench which acquitted the accused in the case in 2005.
A TV channel last week recorded a conversation of Basanth in which he justified the judgement and said there was ample evidence to show that the victim had been used for child prostitution.
Reacting to Sudhakaran's comments, Mahila Congress leader and AICC secretary Shanimol Usman wanted her party colleague to apologise for his remarks on the Suryanelli girl.

Suryanelli rape case
  • 1996:16-year-old girl was sexually harassed and assaulted continuously for 40 days by 42 men
  • 1999: Under public pressure, the government set up the State's first-ever Special Court to try a case of sexual assault
  • September 6, 2000: The Special Court sentenced 35 accused to rigorous imprisonment.
  • January20, 2005: The Kerala High Court acquitted the 35 convicted earlier
  • April 4, 2007: Rajya Sabha deputy Speaker PJ Kurien was discharged by Kerala High Court for lack of evidence
  • February 6, 2012: The police arrested the Suryanelli case victim in connection with an alleged financial irregularity case
  • January 31, 2013: The Supreme Court set aside the Kerala High Court’s order acquitting 35 accused in the case

Joining issue, Mahila Congress state president Bindu Krishna said Sudhakaran's comment was an insult to women as a whole.
CPI-M Rajya Sabha member T N Seema wanted the state government to register a case against Sudhakaran for his "uncalled for comments."
CPI-M veteran and Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan termed Sudhakaran's comments as "heinous" and totally unbecoming of a member of Parliament. His words went against the cultural spirit of Kerala, the octogenarian leader said.
A former state minister, Sudhakaran had often created controversies by his off-the-cuff remarks like his widely- deplored statement that he was witness to some Supreme Court Judges being bribed in an 'abkari' (excise) case.


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