Suryanelli gangrape: Cong MP says victim moved 'around as prostitute making money'

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Adding to the humiliation the victim of the Suryanelli rape case has been suffering for the past 17 years, Congress MP from Kerala K Sudhakaran has said she had moved around 'as a prostitute, making money and accepting gift'.

Sudhakaran's comments have raised protest from the Congress and the CPM, while Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and party state president Ramesh Chennithala have refused to comment.

Addressing the media in Muscat, Oman, on Saturday, Sudhakaran said those who knew the history of the girl, (16-year-old at the time of rape) would understand the fact.... She had several occasions to escape from the torture, but she stayed at the place of rape. What the former High Court judge R Basant stated about her was true. He is an upright and bold judge. What he stated was based on the evidence. The girl had little self-respect to tell her story before the media. It is a big question whether Kerala's conscious can accommodate this practice of making people fool," said the Congress leader.

Sudhakaran was in Oman to attend a function of a pro-Congress NRI outfit. He had convened the press conference to speak about the Suryanelli case, sources said.

After his comment on the victim generated protest from political and social organisations on Sunday, Sudhakaran stuck to his earlier statement. Prostitution is different from rape, said the Congress leader, a close aide of Chennithala.

AICC secretary Shanimol Usman and Mahila Congress leader Bindu Krishna said Sudhakaran should retract his insult towards the woman.

CPM demands re-probe

NEW DELHI: The CPM on Sunday demanded re-investigation of the 17-year-old Suryanelli gangrape case and sought removal of P J Kurien from the post of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman following allegations against him in connection with the incident. "A reinvestigation is essential and Kurien should step down from his post of deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha, till it is over," CPM Politburo said in a statement here. It said the whole country was agitated about the rise in sexual crimes against women. PTI

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