Suryanelli Rape Case: 111 questioned for obscene Facebook posts on PJ Kurien

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A total of 111 people have been questioned by the Kerala police for allegedly posting obscene posts on PJ Kurien on the social networking site Facebook following a complaint filed by an advocate and Congress worker Bindu Krishna.

Krishna has said she has been attacked online for defending Kurien, a key accused in the 1996 Suryanelli gang rape case.

The sex scandal took place at Suryanelli in Idukki district January 1996, when the then 16-year-old was threatened, abducted and abused by a bus conductor and was later confined and sexually assaulted for 45 days by 42 men.

The case was back in the spotlight after the Supreme Court ordered a retrial in the case Jan 31 while setting aside the acquittal in 2005 by the Kerala High Court of all but one of the 35 accused convicted by a special court.

Kurien's name never appeared in the list of accused. After the lower court found more than 42 people guilty in the 1990s, the victim then filed a private complaint against Kurien in a court in Idukki. He got a discharge in the case from the apex court in that petition.

His name resurfaced when Dharmarajan, the only accused whose conviction was upheld by the high court but who had jumped bail in 2005, told a TV channel here that Kurien had travelled in his car to Idukki. Dharmarajan was arrested from neighbouring Karnataka earlier this month. (With inputs from the Agencies)