All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) has welcomed the High Court Division Bench verdict in the Suryanelli sexual harassment case.
Welcoming the verdict, AIDWA state president T N Seema MP and secretary K K Shylaja said that it was on the appeal filed in the Supreme Court by the victim, her family and the AIDWA that the SC ordered the High Court to conduct a retrial.
They pointed out that it gave relief to the family which had fought a long legal battle for justice. They said, however, many of the people who had allegedly been involved in the case had not yet been brought to justice.
The government has not come forward to conduct a comprehensive inquiry into the victim’s complaint that P J Kurien, the Deputy Chairman of the RS, was among those who had harassed her. They said if justice was to be done completely to the victim, a re-probe should be ordered based on her complaint. But the UDF Govt had rejected the girl’s complaint. The role of certain people in covering up the incident and safeguarding the culprits should also come under the ambit of the re-probe, the AIDWA leaders said.
Panel Member Welcomes Verdicts
State Women’s Commission member Lissy Jose has welcomed the judgment in the Sakthi Mills gang-rape case and Suryanelli rape case.
“Both the verdicts are strong warnings to the male-dominated society,” Lissy Jose said in a statement. A social atmosphere that allow women to move freely and work independently must be created. The govt should take necessary steps to ensure safety of women. “Judgments like these have utmost importance in creating an atmosphere favourable for women,” it said.