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Congress high command denounces Sudhakaran’s remarks

Congress high command denounces Sudhakaran’s remarks

New Delhi: The Congress party has snubbed its MP from Kannur, K Sudhakaran for his sweeping comments against the Suryanelli rape victim, describing her as a prosititute who slept with several men.

Congress spokesperson Renuka Chowdhary said: “Harsh messages have been relayed to several politicians for making such statements and we condemn it strongly. It is very regrettable that some people continue to comment like this without understanding what these issues are.

“There is no question of us accepting such statements and we stand by our principles. This is a challenge before all of us that we need to change this mindset,” Chowdhary was asked to comment on the on-air remarks of Sudhakaran, which triggered widespread condemnation not only from the Opposition but even from women leaders of the Congress.

Sudhakaran, during a media interaction in Muscat, Oman, described the rape victim of questionable character, alleging that she never left the places where she was reportedly raped.

The Lok Sabha MP said government should make a difference between women who are raped and women who willingly sleep with other men.

The victim had had accused Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien of involvement in Suryanelli gangrape but on Monday the Congress party indicated any decision on Kurien will not be taken in a hurry as it was “not an open and shut” case.

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