Suryanelli scandal occupies small screen

February 04, 2013 - 4:22:09 am

Kochi: With six full-fledged 24X7 news and four other channels that beam news for long spells every day, the most sought-after topic these days on TV in Kerala is the Suryanelli 

sex case.

TV discussions have been heated since the apex court ordered a re-trial of the case on January 31, setting aside the acquittal in 2005 by the Kerala High Court of all but one of the 35 accused. The pitch of the discussions reached a crescendo when the name of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien surfaced in reports after the victim and her parents alleged that he was let off because he was a powerful Congressman, and a minister of state in the central government at the time when the high court pronounced its judgment. 

News channels have teams of staff now constantly present near the residence of the victim near Kottayam. The victim and her parents frequently feature in TV debates. 

“Yes, yes, Kurien exploited me. Despite the fact that I brought the matter to the notice of the police probe team, Kurien was not included in the list of accused. I don’t want to see him again. I wish to see him in court,” the victim stated on TV, her face masked.