DMK MLA’s comment on girl’s character sparks row

An accused in the case relating to the gang rape of a young woman here has surrendered, taking the total number held in the case to 12.

The survivor, in her early twenties, was gang-raped twice during the night of Tuesday leading up to the wee hours of Wednesday. However, a local DMK leader, A.M.H. Nazeem, tried to cast aspersions on the girl’s character in an interview to an English channel.

Speaking to the news channel, Mr. Nazeem wanted the police to check the character of the girl before filing a case. “Even I want to know the truth, one set of policemen are saying it’s a case of prostitution….then why are they filing a rape case,” the sitting DMK MLA from Karaikal South has been quoted.

Incidentally, the main accused Nasser is said to be a close aide of Mr. Nazeem. Most of the arrested in the gang rape case are DMK cadre, sources in police said.

Nasser was earlier convicted for gang rape committed in 1994 and sentenced to three years imprisonment. The sentence was later commuted to 18 months and a fine of Rs. 5,000 in 1999, according to the case details from the SSP’s office.

Mr. Nazeem’s mobile numbers were switched off. Message left by The Hindu to his personal representative at his home number went unresponded. The DMK leader’s statement casting aspersions on a gang-rape survivor has spawned outrage among activists. According to U. Vasuki, general secretary, All India Democratic Women’s Association, the statement amounts to “trivializing and vulgarising” a serious crime.

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