The video shows, K. Sudhakaran, a Congress MP calling the survivor of Suryanelli gang rape case a prostitute. His comments have created a furor among people.
"This girl went out shopping, to meet a doctor. She had enough opportunities to escape. But she didn't. She was sexually involved with many men and benefited from it, and later called it rape. The difference between rape and prostitution has to be defined clearly. It is the necessity of the society,"Sudhakaran said.
The victim of the Suryanelli gang rapecasewas a16-year-old girl who was sexually harassed and assaulted continuously for 40 days by 42 men in 1996.
However, despite the Opposition demanding action against Sudhakaran nothing has been done. The Kerala government has ruled out registering a case against Congress MP K Sudhakaran for his sweeping comments.
They say the government does not agree with his view, but could not take legal steps as he made the statement in Muscat!
This apparent disdain among Indian politicians and leaders towards issues concerning women, especially rape are not rare. From lawyers, who are supposed to fight for the victims’ rights to politicians who the very people elect, they all seem to have a very colored perception of rape.