Those close to the Suryanelli rape victim have decided to initiate proceedings to take the legal recourse for seeking further probe into her case that P.J. Kurien, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, had raped her.
They plan to go to the local police with a complaint, probably on Friday. They believe that this will be the right starting point for a legal battle in the light of “fresh evidence” and the changed legal environment following the Delhi gang-rape case. Earlier, they were considering approaching the magistrate court or the High Court.
The victim asked her counsel to seek the possibility of a further investigation after the Supreme Court annulled the High Court verdict in the case. She had filed a private complaint at the First Class Judicial Magistrate Court, Peerumade, on March 15, 1999. Though the lower court had summoned Mr. Kurien, he had moved the Kerala High Court and the Supreme Court. The victim’s family had felt that it had not been given a chance to be heard. The demand for further probe received attention following a statement of S. Dharmarajan, the only person sentenced by the High Court in the case, that he had taken Mr. Kurien to Kumily in his car on the day the Congress leader allegedly molested the victim.