Police in standoff with rape victim; refuse complaint against Kurien

The victim of Suryanelli serial-rape case on Friday approached the police station to file a petition against the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien alleging that he had raped her at Kumali Guest House on February 19, 1996.

However, police refuse to accept the petition, filed under Section 161 of CrPC at Chingavanam Police Station, as a case in the matter is pending before the High Court.

Until Friday evening, the girl, accompanied by her mother and lawyer, was staging a sit-in at the police station asking the police to accept her petition against Kurien, but the station chief is reportedly staying off to avoid receiving the complaint.

Kottayam district police chief Rajagopalan has said that the petition cannot be accepted, but, ironically, he has himself maintained that there has not been any case against Kurien in the wake of recent developments.

She had filed her complaint against Dharmarajan, the third accused and the lone convict in the case so far, Unnikishnan and Jameel, the other accused in the case, along with Kurien.

She had alleged in the complaint that she had been raped by Kurien in the presence of the three accused.

The girl has initiated the complaint as the first step to start proceedings against Kurien in the wake of the change in the environment, after the Delhi gang-rape case and the Central Ordinance against sex crimes.

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