8 Apr 2013

Achuthanandan did nothing in our case: Victim's father


Kottayam (Kerala) April 8 (IANS) The father of a victim of sexual exploitation Monday lashed out at former Kerala chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan for doing nothing to bring justice to his daughter.
Speaking to reporters, Surendran Nair, whose daughter Shari was sexually exploited by numerous people in 2003 on promises of roles in film and TV serials, said: "We had a lot of hope when Achuthanandan was chief minister. He had promised to put behind bars those who had exploited our daughter".
Achuthanandan was chief minister between 2006 and 2011.
This case in media circles is known as the Kiliroor sex case; the victim was a teenager at the time of the sexual abuse. She died in 2004, following complications that followed the delivery of a baby girl.
In 2004, as leader of the opposition, Achuthanandan had publicly said that there was a VIP involved in the case; he claimed that if elected to power, he would arrest the culprit.
"He said he would 24 hours after assuming office as chief minister, but did nothing. Achuthanandan never showed, in this case, the sincerity which he showed in the Suryanelli sex case," Surendran said.
Surendran said he was not in favour of a Central Bureau of Investigation probe, as the agency appeared to be "out to save the main culprits".
"I wish for a probe by Kerala Police, and expect that they will come out with the truth," Surendran said.
In February, a CBI court in the capital city found five people guilty in this case. Surendran reacted by saying that he would approach the Kerala High Court, as the CBI only identified the ordinary people involved, while letting the more influential people off scot-free.
--Indo Asian News Service

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