CPM condemns Congress MP's remarks against Suryanelli gangrape victim

Suryanelli gangrape

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Brinda Karat on Monday condemned Congress MP from Kannur K Sudhakaran, who has stirred a storm by referring to the victim in the Suryanelli rape case as a prostitute.

"It reflects the mindset of a man. I would say that if he had the audacity to make such a outrageous statement insulting the rape survivor, it is because of the silence of the congress leadership," Karat said.

Criticising Congress leadership over the issue, Karat said: "They (Congress) speak something in their Shivir in Jaipur, talking about dignity of women and they keep silent when one after another Kerala leaders insult the rape survivors. They have created an environment (the congress leaders) where such outrageous statements are made. It's a shame," she added.

Sudhakaran has reportedly made the controversial comment during a press conference in Muscat.

"This girl went out shopping, to meet a doctor. She had enough opportunities to escape. But she didn''t. She was sexually involved with many men and benefited from it, and later called it rape. The difference between rape and prostitution has to be defined clearly. It is the necessity of the society," Sudhakaran said during the press conference.

He also called the charges against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien in the case baseless.

Kurien's name figured again in connection with this case after the victim wrote to her advocate in Delhi to explore the possibility of filing a review petition, seeking a fresh probe against the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman.

The girl has also written a letter to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Leader of the Opposition, VS Achuthanandan, demanding a probe against Kurien to be reopened.

A total of 42 men were accused of raping the 16-year-old girl, who hailed from Suryanelli in Kerala's Idukki District. Brutally raped for 45 days, she was then told by the perpetrators to return home and keep mum.

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