Kerala police have booked a case against 111 people for posting derogatory remarks on Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien, the accused in the Suryanelli rape case.
Based on a complaint by Bindu Krishna, Kerala Mahila Congress chief and Kurien's defense lawyer, police filed a case against a man who posted a defamatory comment and the others for sharing the post. All of them are booked under Section 66A of the Information and Technology Act, The Times of India (TOI) reported.
In another case, 120 persons were interrogated by police in Thiruvananthapuram and surrounding areas for posting obscene posts against Krishna on Facebook. "Some people attacked my privacy by posting this comment...it was a Highly defamatory comment so I filed a complaint with the Kerala chief minister," Krishna told NDTV.
She further told TOI, "I could not tolerate the comments since they used obscene remarks which no woman can tolerate. I have taken the stand to defend Kurien since my party has asked me to do so. Anybody can criticise my stand but not to this extent."
Just days ago, the Suryanelli rape victim had sought police investigation on Kurien's part in the case after she claimed that a statement by Dharmarajan, lone convict in the gang-rape case, revealed a conspiracy.
The gang-rape case had created furore for the Congress with the parliamentarians demanding the resignation of the senior Congress leader. Kurien went on to deny his involvement in a letter to his colleagues. Given the magnitude of the charges against him, opposition parties had demanded his removal from the bench of discussions on women's safety and laws.
The Suryanelli rape case dates back to 1996 in Kerala, when the victim was abducted by 42 persons. She was gang raped and held captive for over 40 days.