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Joint council demands retrial of the case

Ajitha says verdict is a setback to women and rights organisationsShe says the setback is only temporaryAlleges that Government has subverted the criminal justice system

KOZHIKODE: A march will be taken out to the office of the Public Prosecutor on Friday in protest against the latter's alleged role in protecting the culprits in the ice-cream parlour sex racket case by aligning with the defence side.

This was decided at a meeting organised here on Thursday by the joint council of different organisations following the pronouncement of the verdict by the Principal Assistant Sessions Court in the ice-cream parlour sex racket case.

K. Ajitha (Anweshi); K.T. Kunhikannan CPI (ML)-Red Flag; C.K. Ramachandran (Secular Collective); P.K. Divakaran (DYFI); K.K. Lathika (Janadipatya Mahila Association); Janamma Kunhunni (Purogamana Sahitya Sangham), among others, participated in the meeting.

Meanwhile, Anweshi president K. Ajitha said in a statement here on Friday that the verdict in the case was a setback to women and democratic-human rights organisations as well. However, the setback was only temporary, she asserted.

She alleged that the Oommen Chandy Government had subverted the criminal justice system in the ice-cream parlour sex scandal case similar to the way the Narendra Modi Government had hijacked the Best Bakery case in Gujarat.

The CPI (ML) Red Flag alleged that the verdict in the ice-cream parlour sex racket case, in which the Principal Assistant Sessions Court evicted the 16 accused, indicated that the Government had conspired by aligning with the culprits.

The organisation demanded an inquiry into the alleged conspiracy and the retrial of the case.

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