The JNU students’ union (JNUSU) has written to the university’s vice-chancellor, demanding action against a research scholar accused of raping another student.
A 28-year-old JNU student had on Sunday filed an FIR with Delhi Police against a member of the Left-affiliated All India Students Association (AISA), accusing him of raping her in a hostel room after spiking her drink.
The woman, a first-year PhD student, said that Anmol Ratan, also a PhD student, offered her to give a copy of a movie and asked her to accompany him to his room at Brahmaputra hostel.
She told the police that he raped her when she was unconscious and later told her not to report the matter.
“We condemn the incident and call for speedy action. ...we demand that the (police) force takes all steps to ensure justice and arrest the accused without delay. The university must take necessary action against the accused student,” the union said.
A police officer said the rape survivor’s statement could not be recorded before the judicial magistrate on Monday. The complainant told us she was unwell and wouldn’t be able to record her statement. We will approach her again on Tuesday,” said the officer.
Her statement before the judicial magistrate is important in the case because it is admissible in the court of law.
The police raided possible hideouts of the suspect, Ratan, in Delhi and adjoining states. The police approached his family members and asked them to produce Ratan before them at the earliest.
The university said the incident was a blot on its image and asked the JNU community to remain vigilant against such incidents.
In a statement, the university said, “JNU administration strongly condemns an incident of heinous rape in a campus hostel. It has completely shaken the JNU community and has tarnished the image of the university.”
The AISA had on Sunday expelled Ratan and ended his primary membership. The ABVP held a protest against Ratan in the campus and demanded his rustication.