JNU Panel Looks Into On-Campus Rape Accusation

The panel looking into complaints of sexual harassment at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Gender Sensitization Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH), has revealed to have been informed about the report of a rape incident on the campus. The administration of the university referred the case to the panel on Monday and informed that a 28-year-old research student has alleged that a fellow student, Anmol Ratan, raped her after offering her a spiked drink in his hostel room.

A member of the Left-leaning All India Students’ Association (AISA), Ratan, was immediately expelled from the student outfit. The letter addressed to GSCASH included a copy of the FIR filed by complainant and mentioned that “it has come to the notice of the administration that an incident of rape took place in Brahmputra Hostel on August 20, 2016. GSCASH may take due notice and appropriate position, as per the rules. A copy of FIR filed by the victim with Delhi Police is enclosed.”

The panel is now anticipated to probe the issue and recommend action against the accused. A member of the committee mentioned that “the rape survivor can also approach GSCASH. We will look into the incident,” adding that “if found guilty, the accused may lose hostel accommodation or face rustication or expulsion. His degree may also be withheld.” A statement issued by the university to the press stressed that “JNU administration strongly condemns an incident of heinous rape in a campus hostel. It has completely shaken the JNU community and has tarnished the image of the university.”

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