MP writes to VP over Kurien's role in rape case
Thiruvananthapuam, Feb 17 : Rajya Sabha MP Dr T N Seema has written a letter to Vice-President Hamid Ansari in connection with the raging controversy regarding the alleged involvement of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien in a case of rape of a minor girl in Kerala which had surfaced in 1996.
In her letter, a copy of which was released to the press here today, she said the case has come alive again after the Supreme Court recently passed a judgement quashing the acquittal granted to 35 accused in the original case by the Kerala High Court and ordering a retrial.
"It is a matter of concern that a person accused in a sexual assault case by the victim, would be occupying the position of the Deputy Chairman of the Rajyasbha." she said.
"In the forthcoming Parliament session, the law against sexual assault on women replacing the ordinance promulgated by the President is most likely to come up for discussions", she said.
"The status of our Parliament will be irreparably damaged in the eyes of the world if such a discussion is permitted to be guided by a person who has been accused of involvement in a case of rape of a minor girl, she added.
"Under the above circumstances, I would appeal to you to do what is the best to uphold the dignity and esteem of Parliament," she said.
The case relates to abduction and gandrape of a 16-year-old schoolgirl of Suryanelli in Kerala over 41 days during January-February 1996.