This is no pleasant memory and there is nothing happy about this coincidence. Two years after a poor salesgirl returning home from work was mauled, raped and thrown out of a moving train, the country's apex court has set aside a Kerala High Court verdict acquitting 35 lecherous men who raped a minor girl 17 years ago. When the dice of justice rolls again, those who raped the minor, branded for life as "the Suryanelli girl", may be punished, but she and Soumya, the lone commuter in a ladies-only coach, would always remain the icons of womanhood wronged, raped and destroyed.

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