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It was shocking that P.J. Kurien, an accused in one of India's most
serious gang-rape and sex-trafficking cases (the Suryanelli case), was
an invited speaker at Women Deliver's 2013 global conference on women's
reproductive rights! But
what is equally outrageous, is the statement Women Deliver released
after the event. In it they simply stated they were unaware.
CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT THE SURYANELLLI RAPE CASE AND ASK YOURSELF IF THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT BY WOMEN DELIVER WOULD BE ACCEPTABLE IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNEW WAS THE VICTIM."We were unaware that Indian
Parliamentarian PJ Kurien is facing allegations of rape. While we cannot
comment on the specific allegations, had we known of the controversy,
we would not have permitted PJ Kurian to speak at the side event.
Addressing violence against women is central to our mission as an
organization and one of the focus areas of this global conference."
statement was casual and dismissive. It made no apologies to the victim for the pain and humiliation they
caused her. They offered no support and showed no empathy for the victim
for the trauma she has been through or the trauma she continues to face
from various sections as she continues to fight for justice. If this
the way a global women's group treats a rape victim, what hope is there
for legal and social change?