Indian student at Cambridge University cleared of rape charge

Prithvi Sridhar who had moved from Bangalore in 2013 to study engineering at the university’s prestigious Queens’ College was forced to take a gap year as a result of the accusation in November 2014, Cambridge Crown Court was told this week.

india Updated: Feb 25, 2016 21:56 IST
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An Indian student studying at Cambridge University was found not guilty to charge of raping a fellow student in her room.(Shutterstock)

Prithvi Sridhar, a bright Indian undergraduate student of engineering at Queens’ College, Cambridge, who denied in court he raped a fellow student on the ground that he was too inebriated, has been cleared of the charge.

After the jury at Cambridge Crown Court dismissed the complainant’s claims this week and found Sridhar not guilty of rape, his father, Sridhar, said: “We are all extremely relieved and we are very, very happy.”

A statement released by the family added: “Prithvi Sridhar and his family are grateful today for the jury’s verdict clearing his name of these false allegations…Since he was first interviewed on the January 16, 2015, when these allegations were first put to him his life has been devastated.

“He has had to take a gap year from Queens’ College where he had achieved a first in his first two years and put his life on hold in order to prepare for his trial. Prithvi looks forward now to moving on with his life and completing his degree and studies at Queens’ College.”

Sridhar, 21, was accused by the complainant of forcing himself on her after returning to her room on November 4, 2014 and leaving huge love bites on her neck. But he denied the charge, saying he was too inebriated during a night out.

First Published: Feb 25, 2016 17:58 IST