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Jan 31, 2013 at 01:03pm IST

1996 Suryanelli rape case: SC sets aside Kerala HC verdict that had acquitted 36 accused

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday set aside the Kerala High Court verdict in the 1996 Suryanelli rape case that had acquitted 36 accused. The apex court has remanded the gangrape case of a teenaged girl back to the Kerala High Court asking it to take a fresh look at it.

All the accused on bail are directed by the Supreme Court to secure fresh bail from the Kerala High Court. The Supreme Court also expressed shock over the findings of the Kerala HC that the victim was a willing partner.

In 1996, in Suryanelli, bordering the tea gardens of Munnar, a teenaged girl was raped by over 42 men including a bus conductor and many others. Faced with ostracisation, the victim's family had to leave the village.