Suryanelli rape: FB users booked, no action against Kurien

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Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 25: It is another case of biased attitude on part of Kerala police, when it took prompt action against more than 100 Facebook users for allegedly posting derogatory remarks against Congress leader and Rajya Sabha deputy chairman PJ Kurien in connection with Suryanelli gang-rape case.

The victim, has named Kurien as one of the accused in the horrific incident. But, police is yet to take any action against him. Moreover, in spite of several protests demanding Kurien's resignation, the Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson is clinging to his post.

A total of 111 Facebook users on Sunday were booked by Kerala cyber police for posting and sharing allegedly defamatory remarks against Kurien.

Cases against Facebook users were registered under section 66 A of IT Act.

Section 66 (A) pertains to the act of "sending messages, or any information, which is grossly offensive, menacing and causes annoyance or hatred, by means of a computer resource or communication device". Police sources say it is a bailable offence which, if proved, can fetch the accused a jail term of up to three years.

Police have questioned Facebook users for sharing the allegedly defamatory comments. "The total number of people involved in the case is over 2,000," said an officer. "No further action has been taken against anybody so far," he added.

In 1996, a group of around 40 men raped a 16-year-old school-going girl for 40 days. The victim, who is now 33 years of age, says that Kurien was also involved in raping her.

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