Anti-Kurien protest outside Assembly

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 11, 2013 11:35 hrs

Around 50 protesters demonstrated outside the Kerala Assembly on Monday demanding Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien's resignation in connection to the Suryanelli gangrape case, reports said.

The police reportedly used water canons to disperse protesters when they attempted to break through the police barriers.

Meanwhile, the rape victim said she was not forced by anyone to take Kurien´s name in the case.

"I have been repeatedly telling the police from the beginning that PJ Kurien raped me in the Kumli Guest House. Nobody has forced me to take his name, neither any association nor any politician," she told NDTV.

The Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman on Friday said his conscience ´is clear´ and the case was a political one.

"I am the one who has been wronged," Kurien told NDTV.

"My conscience is clear and the case is a political one," he said.

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has already rejected re-investigation into the case.

The victim in her letter on Jan 29 said Kurien along with other accused in the case had raped her in Kumily panchayat guest house in Kerala.

The Supreme Court had set aside order given by the Kerala High Court where it acquitted 35 accused in connection with the case.

The Suryanelli rape case is concerned with a 16-year-old girl who was raped by 42 men for 40 days in 1996 in the state.

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