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‘Too drunk’ Indian student at Cambridge denies rape

world Updated: Feb 18, 2016 18:25 IST
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Prithvi Sridhar, an Indian undergraduate student of engineering at Queens’ College, Cambridge, has denied in court he raped a fellow student.(Wikimedia Commons)

Prithvi Sridhar, an Indian undergraduate student of engineering at Queens’ College, Cambridge, has denied in court he raped a fellow student, saying he was too inebriated during a night out on November 4, 2014.

Sridhar, 21, is facing trial in the Cambridge Crown Court, where the complainant reportedly said he forced himself on her after returning to her room and left huge love bites on her neck, the Telegraph reported on Thursday.

Prosecuting lawyer David Mathew told the court: “There was a fair amount of drinking involved. They moved on to a club and both were drinking alcohol. He persistently wanted to dance with her and they were hugging and kissing.”

The complainant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court: “I told him multiple times that I didn’t want to have sex with him. He tried to push himself inside me and I laid back because it hurt less.

“I was trying not to look at him because I did not want it to happen. Tears were running down my face and I was shaking.”

The trial is expected to last a week.

The daily reported Sridhar offered to escort the girl home because “she was nervous about walking home alone”. They shared a taxi back to her halls of residence, where Sridhar began kissing her but she tried to stop his advances.

Matthew told the court how Sridhar allegedly forced himself on the woman, causing her pain: “He (Sridhar) denies penetrating her and says he had difficulty in getting an erection. He says intercourse did not take place at all.”

The court heard how the complainant, who did not attend the same college as Sridhar, reported the alleged incident to the police a week later on November 11, 2014.

There have been several cases of sexual assault in Oxford in recent months, prompting women students to develop a new app called First Response to take survivors and friends through the most relevant options available to deal with such matters.

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