Friends and well-wishers of Anand Jon, sentenced in a United States court to 59 years of prison for sexual assault, got together here on Thursday to launch the website It seeks to help and support the release of the fashion designer. The event also happened to be the first meeting of the Justice for Anand Jon Trust.

“Anand is going to face a fresh trial by a New York court in December and we hope justice prevails,” said Anand's mother Sashi Abraham. Launching the website, actor-director Suhasini Maniratnam spoke about the determination and dedication of Ms. Abraham. “I hope some miracle takes place in this case,” she said.

The trustees are seeking help legally, financially or by creating the right image for Anand Jon. Actor Madan Bob and Nanda Govind representing the Confederation of Tamil Nadu Malayalees' Association and other well-wishers spoke. Musical performances offering support and consolation to the family were also rendered.

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