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Women leaders condemn ex-judge's remarks in sex case

Posted on Feb 09, 11:05PM | UNI

Kannur, Kerala Feb 9 : Former Health and Social welfare Minister and Janathya Pathya Mahila Association (AIDWA) Leaders P K Sreemathi and P Sathi Devi alleged today's comment of Mr Justice R Basanth saying the Suryanelli sex victim was a child prostitute with immoral character made it clear about the judge's attitude while delivering his verdict.

He had delivered the judgement in 2005 of the case of 1996.

Talking to mediapersons at a press conference here today, the

AIDWA leaders demanded the Supreme court (SC) cancel the recognition of Mr Justice Basanth (retired) as a senior advocate of the Supreme Court.

'His comments were a shame to the Keralaites and it was condemnable,' they alleged.

The AIDWA would boycott all the public functions of Mr Justice Basanth in coming days and burn his effigies in various parts of the state.

CPI(M) Central Committee Member P K Sreemathi demanded the resignation of Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha P J Kurian for his alleged involvement in the case.

Congress Leader Sonia Gandhi and President Pranab Mukharjee should intervene in this immediately.

Ms Sreemathi alleged doubts would now arise whether the judge knew about the Immoral Trafficking Act because even if the girl, as a 16-year-old, had given consent for indulging in sex, then those who had sexual intercourse with the minor were committing a crime.

Ms Sreemathi said the family of the girl had received some positive vibes after the recent Supreme Court order in this case. But today's comment of Mr Justice Basanth would only cause pain to the family of the girl, she said.