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Rejina complained of sexual assault: Ajitha

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KOZHIKODE, FEB. 23. The Anweshi Women's Counselling Centre president, K. Ajitha, in her deposition before the Court of the Judicial First Class Magistrate IV here today said the prime witness in the ice-cream parlour sex racket case Rejina had in a complaint said that the former Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty had sexually assaulted her many times and that she was a minor then.

Ms. Ajitha was deposing in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the social activist P.J. Sebastian praying that Mr. Kunhalikutty be prosecuted in view of the revelations made by Rejina on the visual media.

Deposition

In her deposition before the Magistrate, P. Sasidharan, Ms. Ajitha said: ``On January 5, 1998 Rejina with her mother came to the Anweshi office. She said she was the prime witness in the ice-cream parlour case. The former Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty had sexually assaulted her on many occasions during 1994-95. He was a Minister at that time. She was a minor then.

``I asked her to write a complaint. Rejina said the police had not written down all the details she had told them in the complaint, such as details relating to her age.

``She, therefore, wanted an opportunity to state her evidence before a court of law. I contacted Manjeri Sunderraj advocate. A complaint was filed before the Chief Judicial Magistrate on January 6, 1998, stating that Mr. Kunhalikutty had sexually assaulted her. ''

Ms. Ajitha said Regina had approached the then Chairperson of the State Women's Commission Sugathakumari and deposed before the panel.

A certified copy of Rejina's evidence given to Anweshi was forwarded to the Assembly Committee for Welfare of Women and Children.

Rejina's next visit

Ms. Ajitha said that during the end of September 2004 Rejina approached her again and told her that money power was being used to bury the truth in the ice-cream parlour case. She wanted the public to know the truth. ``It was then that I contacted Asianet reporter Deepa, and Rejina came out with her statement.''

Rejina was lodged in the Anweshi short-stay home on October 29, but the next day her mother took her away with the knowledge of the police.

The case was posted for hearing on March 9. Ms. Sugathakumari will be examined on the day.

As many as four witnesses were examined earlier.

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