August 28, 2016 2:04:03 am
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has suspended PhD student Anmol Ratan — who was arrested for raping a fellow student last week — and declared the campus “out of bounds” for him during the period of suspension. The university also said it would initiate “disciplinary action against anyone found providing shelter to Ratan”.
A PhD scholar had filed a complaint against Ratan on August 21, alleging that he had spiked her drink and raped her in his hostel room while she was unconscious on the night of August 20. Based on the complaint, police had lodged an FIR in the matter. While he evaded arrest at first, Ratan subsequently surrendered on August 24 and was sent to 14 days in judicial custody.
“It has been brought to the notice of the university that an FIR has been lodged against Anmol Ratan.on charges of sexual assault against a girl student of JNU on August 20. Considering the seriousness of the case and in conformity with zero tolerance against sexual harassment against women, Anmol Ratan is suspended from the university with immediate effect during the pendency of the case,” reads the notice sent by the Chief Proctor to Ratan. It added, “The entire JNU campus shall remain out of bounds for Anmol Ratan during his suspension. Anyone found giving shelter to Anmol Ratan in any hostel residence in the campus shall invite disciplinary action against him/her.”
The administration’s action comes after the JNU Students’ Union as well as a group of 82 faculty members sought Ratan’s suspension, while “making sure that the freedom of women students in campus is not hampered in any way in the name of safety”.
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