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Delhi University students to join Anand Jon''s kin to seek justice
( Mar 19 2009 )

New Delhi, Mar 19 (ANI): Students of Delhi University have joined family members of fashion designer Anand Jon, who has been convicted in the US for sexually assaulting budding models, in a demonstration aimed at demanding justice for him.

Holding banners and posters, the students raised slogans seeking justice for Jon, who is languishing in a Los Angeles jail.

A silent candle light march was also taken out pray for his speedy trial here last evening.

Before organising the protest, Jon''s relations had sought the Indian Government''s intervention.

"He has been convicted for a crime which he has not done. We have been praying to everyone that the truth should come out and that he should get his freedom. Now, he is languishing in jail for the past two years. There is no justice at all because he hasn''t got his right to get a bail there. So, this is a violation of a person''s human right and civil rights," said Shashi Abraham, Jon''s mother.

She also termed the sexual assault charges against her son as ''racist'' and also claimed that a fashion designer of Indian origin has been defamed.

The family has now presented a ''witness'', a US-based model named Lauren Boyette, who claimed that Jon was the victim of a ''conspiracy'' hatched by one of his alleged victims.

Boyette, who also took active part in the protest march, said: "The cops, the prosecution and the detectives in America are threatening me. And all of the witnesses trying to help Anand. So, I decided to step up."

A court in Los Angeles convicted the 34-year-old designer, who dressed celebrities like Janet Jackson and Paris Hilton, in November last on charges of 16 criminal counts, including sexually assaulting would-be models.

Family members of Jon have petitioned to various NGOs, Human Rights groups and even the Government in USA and India which till now seem to have been futile.

Jon has been in jail for the last two years after being arrested in the US on March 6, 2007, on charges of rape and sexual harassment of more than a dozen models. (ANI)

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