A 19-year-old first-year student of BA-LLB at Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya here was allegedly abducted from the institute gates and raped by four men, including the in-charge of a university mess, on Wednesday.
The traumatised 19-year-old girl, who belongs to New Delhi, finally told her friends about it in the hostel around 8pm on Thursday, after which the hostel-mates informed the university authorities, who sought to hush up the matter. But after girls came out of their hostels to protest, a case was finally registered around 1am on Thursday night.
But dissatisfied, around 1,000 students blocked the Sonepat-Gohana road for 10 hours on Friday. Deputy commissioner Pankaj Aggarwal and superintendent of police Arun Singh reached the spot and pacified the girls.
The accused remain at large, though the hostel warden, who allegedly told the girls that it was a routine matter, has been made to resign by the university management.
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According to what the victim told her friends, it was around 11am on Wednesday, when she came out the university to purchase a notebook from a shop nearby, that mess incharge Amit Malik, 25, forced her into a Mahindra Scorpio. She was taken to the fields nearby where Amit and his three friends gang-raped her and then they left her at the university gates in the evening.
After she told her friends, the victim's hostel-mates first approached hostel warden Sahib Kaur, who allegedly said the incident was routine. Then the girls called registrar Asha Kadiyan and vice-chancellor Pankaj Mittal, but they, too, allegedly told the girls that reporting the matter to the police would tarnish the image of the university. This angered the girls, who somehow managed to persuade the authorities to call the police.
Medical examination of the victim at a government hospital confirmed rape and a case was registered on her statement.
Students at the university, arguably the oldest such all-women institute in the region, also recalled that five girls have committed suicide on the campus in the past four months. "Girls are forced to remain inside the campus, and eve-teasing or molestation by male staff of the university is common," said one student.
They said there was no security system inside or outside the campus, and men enter campus by jumping over walls.
Registrar Kadiyan denied the allegations. "Whenever we get a complaint, we act swiftly. This time too, the police were called immediately and a case was registered."
SP Arun Nehra, meanwhile, told HT that four teams had been sent to various places to nab the accused, including Amit, who is said to be relative of Khanpur Kalan.