The National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW) has demanded the removal of P.J. Kurien, a senior Congress member and Deputy Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha from the post following allegations of his involvement in the Suryanelli gang rape case.
The 17-year-old case of sexual assault involves a minor girl from Suryanelli, Idukki, in Kerala, who was abducted and gang raped for 40 days.
Based on the statement of the victim, the police prepared a list of 45 people who were allegedly involved in this sexual assault; one of the accused was Prof. Kurien. However, his name was dropped from the list of accused before the case was taken for trial. But, on January 31 this year, the Supreme Court asked the case to be reinvestigated.
“When the entire country is debating gender justice and protection and safety of women and the world is eagerly watching the actions taken by the government, it will be improper and unethical on the part of UPA-II to allow Prof. Kurien to continue as the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha,” Annie Raja, NFIW general secretary, said in a letter to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
“In the eyes of the public, Prof. Kurien is under suspicion. It goes without saying that people who are holding offices of very high responsibility should be people of impeccable integrity,” she said.