Sonepat varsity student's gangrape: Campus security, police functioning under lens
The alleged gangrape of a BBA-MBA student at OP Jindal Global University in Sonepat has raised several question marks on students’ security and functioning of police that waited for the Supreme Court directions to seize the mobile phones and laptops, which were reportedly used by the accused to circulate naked photos of the victim.punjab Updated: May 31, 2015 09:03 IST
The alleged gangrape of a BBA-MBA student at OP Jindal Global University in Sonepat has raised several question marks on students’ security and functioning of police that waited for the Supreme Court directions to seize the mobile phones and laptops, which were reportedly used by the accused to circulate naked photos of the victim.
However, the management of the institute is not ready to believe that the incident took place on the campus, where about 30 security guards have been deputed to maintain roundthe-clock securiity.
WE TOOK IMMEDIATE ACTION: VARSITY
YSR Murthy, registrar of the varsity, said the varsity took immediate action in the case and ensured all support to the victim.
“The girl filed a complaint on April 11. Our sexual harassment cell took note of it and the same day the three accused were suspended,” he said.
“After two days, when the victim showed us the evidence (photographs), we expelled the accused from the institute”, said Murthy.
The varsity did what it could and we are ready to extend full support to the police too, he said.
When asked why the authorities didn’t file a police complaint, he said: “The girl approached the police before us.
GIRL DIDN’T COOPERATE WITH US: COPS
The police have been accused of not taking action in the case immediately and waiting for court directions to book the three accused.
It is also alleged that they failed to book the accused, who allegedly blackmailed the victim by threatening to circulate her nude pictures, under the information technology (IT) Act.
“In the FIR, the girl clearly mentioned that she herself sent the photographs to the accused. How we can book them under the IT Act?” said deputy superintendent of police, Sonepat, Sunil Kumar The accused have been booked under Indian Penal Code sections 376 D and 120 B, said the DSP, adding that the girl did not show her mobile to the police.
Superintendent of Police (SP), Sonepat, Ashok Kumar said the girl failed to cooperate with cops. “Our woman officer made four visits to her house in Delhi to join the investigation, but she didn’t cooperate,” he said.
The girl initially did not tell us anything about the laptops of the accused. “After we came to know about the laptops from the court, we seized these devices which have been sent to the Central Forensic Scientific Laboratory (CFSL),” he said.
STUDENTS FROM RICH, INFLUENTIAL FAMILIES
Spread over 54 acre, the varsity targets the creamy layer of the National Capital Region and promises to provide world class atmosphere to students. Sources, however, said the institute gives its students “a lot of freedom” which is proving to be harmful for them.
“Most students, including girls, return to campus late night in the night.
The main entrance of the institute remains open till I am. Most students are from well-heeled influential families and believe in living life on their own terms,” they said.