Kozhikode | Family, friends and local people today sought public support to secure the release of a Keralite languishing in a United Arab Emirates prison about one year for, what they, said allegedly implicating him in a rape case.
Talking to reporters here wife and daughter of E K Gangadharan, a native Tirur in Malappuram district in Kerala and employed as a school boy in a UAE school for the last 32 years, and others said he was falsely implicated for sexually assaulting a 7-year girl student.
They said Ganghadaran was behind bars after death sentence was awarded to him by a local for the alleged crime on April 14, 2013 along with five others, who were later acquitted. He was forced to admit the crime after brutally attacking him and denied legal aid prompting international right activists to stage protest in UAE Embassy in London and other places, they said.
Laboratory tests by Directorate of Foresenic Medicine, also could could not prove charges against Gangadharan, they said. A UAE higher court had ordered re-trial of the case following pressure by relatives of Gangadharan and Al Rabeeh Pvt School where he was employed.
But the higher court upheld the death sentence awarded by the local court on the argument that the victim and her mother had recognized the accused ignoring the fact that he was forced to admit the crime, they said.
The family had approached External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Union and State Ministers, MPs and MLAs for their support to secure his release. A ‘Save E K Gangadharan’ Forum had also been constituted for the purpose, they said.
His wife Leela Gangadharan, daughter Ajitha, Tirur Municipal Chairperson Safiya, activist Adv P P Pauran, Convener Suresh Babu Tharayil, among others, attended the press meet.
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