JNU VC condemns student's molestation, assures strict action

A 20-year-old Spanish language student of the Jawaharlal Nehru University was slapped and molested inside the university campus yesterday allegedly by a former student of the prestigious institute. 

Reacting to the incident, Sopory said it was unacceptable and remedial measures are being put in place to ensure no such incidents take place in the campus. "I got to know about the incident this evening and have asked the chief proctor to give me a detailed report in the matter tomorrow.

I have got to know the boy has been arrested. No such anti-social elements will be tolerated, neither any such incident will be allowed to go unaddressed. "Whenever we get to know about such incidents, we immediately take action. The gender sensitisation committee and the university are conductingseveral student meetings to address the issue.

I reiterate that no such incidents will be allowed to go unaddressed," Sopory told PTI. Meanwhile, Prof. Ayesha Kidwai, faculty representative of JNU's Gender Sensitisation Committee on Sexual Harassment (GSCASH), claimed that the girl had narrated the incident at a GSCASH student meeting last evening, following which prompt action was taken by reporting the matter to the police.

"The girl had narrated the incident at a student meeting of GSCASH and immediately we called the security at the campus, who then called the police. A complaint was filed with the police around 11.30 PM in the night. "The GSCASH chairperson and other members along with the warden were present when the case was being filed. The girl is fine and there is no threat to her," she said.

Defending JNU university, Kidwai said the varsity is a secured place for students and is being wrongly projected as an unsafe place for female students. "We would like to say that though the case needs to be reported, it should also be noted that JNU was prompt in its action. JNU is being wrongly portrayed as a lawless institution.

The fact that the girl narrated the incident in front of an audience of students and nobody doubted her shows the degree of confidence students have in JNU," she said. The girl, a student of JNU's School of Languages, was allegedly molested and slapped inside the campus by her friend Abhinendra Jain yesterday with whom she was reportedly in a relationship.

Jain, 24, was arrested today and a case under sections 354 (assault or use of criminal force against women with intent to outrage her modesty) and 506 (criminal intimidation) was registered against him. The attack came five days after JNU student, Roshni, was allegedly attacked by her 23-year old friend Akash with an axe.

Akash had allegedly hit her head with an axe before consuming poison and slitting his throat. He died in the AIIMS trauma centre a few hours after the incident while Roshni is recuperating at Safdurjung Hospital.  

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