NIMS owners in trouble as rape charges trickle in

  • Rashpal Singh, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Feb 17, 2015 13:24 IST

The National Institute of Medical Sciences University (NIMS) run by the Tomar family is in troubled waters. While the Ranchi police are searching for university’s chairman-cumchancellor Dr Balvir S Tomar in a rape case, a 20-year-old woman, claiming to be an employee of the university, has lodged a rape case against his son Dr Anurag Tomar, who is on the university’s board of directors.

The woman has also allegedly accused the chairman’s wife Dr Shobha Tomar of threatening her and asking her to enter into sexual relations with two other persons, and offering money to keep her mouth shut.

The woman, who hails from Bhopal district of Madhya Pradesh, approached the Chandwaji police station on Sunday and alleged that Dr Anurag first molested her on December 6 and then tried to rape her on December 16 last.

Acting on her complaint, police have filed an FIR and handed over the case to Priti Beniwal, sub inspector, SHO Mahila Thana Jaipur (rural). Beniwal said the statement of the victim would be recorded after which the accused would be questioned.

The woman, who claims to be posted as office executive in the chairman’s office of the university, alleged that Dr Anurag, who was drunk, touched her inappropriately during a party of the university at Kukas in Jaipur on December 6 last year.

“I immediately left the venue but Dr Anurag called me on my phone and offered to have physical relations with him. I stopped responding to his calls,” alleged the woman, who is pursuing a para-medical course through correspondence.

She said on December 12, Dr Anurag’s security guard made a phone call to her and asked to collect a document from his office. When she reached the office at 6 pm, the accused tried to rape her, claimed the woman.

“When I screamed he left me. Later I went to his mother Dr Shobha, who offered me Rs 50,000 to keep my mouth shut but I refused. Thereafter, my harassment started,” stated the FIR. The woman has alleged that Dr Shobha even mounted pressure on her to establish physical relations with two other persons.

Dr Shobha, when contacted, said the case was totally false and was aimed at putting pressure for extorting money. “A woman lecturer of the institute is conniving with the complainant to tarnish our image,” Shobha told HT. She, however, refused to comment on the rape case against her husband Dr BS Tomar at Ranchi. When HT tried to contact Dr Anurag on his phone, a person picked it up and identified himself as Yash and said it was not the former’s number.

Chairman booked in Ranchi

A 2nd year student of Bachelor of Radiology and Imaging Technology had accused BS Tomar of attempting to rape her in a hotel in Ranchi.

The girl alleged that the chairman was in Ranchi to attend a university function in November last year.

After the function, he called her to his hotel room on the pretext of discussing a student exchange programme for Europe. According to the girl, Tomar said he wanted to make her career and touched her inappropriately and tried to grope her following which she rushed out of the room. The girl alleged that Tomar later called her in February seeking sexual favours.

She has submitted the call recording to the Ranchi police who booked Tomar on February 8 this year and are searching for him. The girl has also allegedly accused Tomar of taking sexual advantage of other students by using his position. When HT tried to contact Tomar, he was unavailable for comments. Tomar had launched Jaipur-based regional news channel in 2014

Second university to earn bad name

NIMS is the second university after Jodhpur National University in the state to have earned a bad name. Kamal Mehta, chairperson of JNU, is in the police custody on charges of selling fake marks sheets in lieu of money. Police investigations have found that about 38,000 marks sheets have been sold through JNU in the last four years.

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