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JNU rape case: Charges false, result of political rivalry, says Anmol Ratan

The woman had approached police and filed a rape complaint Sunday, alleging that Ratan, also a PhD student, took her to his hostel room on the pretext of giving her a copy of the movie, Sairat.

Written by Aamir Khan | New Delhi | Published: August 24, 2016 5:27 am
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The PhD student who was allegedly raped by a fellow student from JNU recorded part of her statement before a metropolitan magistrate Tuesday, while the accused, Anmol Ratan, moved a pre-arrest bail application in a sessions court.

The woman had approached police and filed a rape complaint Sunday, alleging that Ratan, also a PhD student, took her to his hostel room on the pretext of giving her a copy of the movie, Sairat. She alleged in that he offered her a drink which was spiked and raped her after she fell unconscious. The complainant claimed the accused threatened her of dire consequences if she told anyone about the incident.

On Tuesday, when Ratan’s anticipatory bail application (ABA) was moved, his advocate Rajiv Mohan asserted that the woman and his client knew each other. Arguing briefly on the plea, the lawyer told the court of Additional Sessions Judge Amit Bansal it was the complainant who had gone to the Brahmaputra hostel.

Mohan argued that the complaint was the result of a “political rivalry” as Ratan belonged to AISA, while the complainant was a part of the Collective and they had “ideological differences”. He also cited the forthcoming JNU elections as one of the reasons, given the “political rivalry” between the two outfits.

The court, however, refused to grant Ratan any protection from arrest and adjourned the matter to August 27, when it will hear the arguments on the anticipatory bail. Ratan has been booked under Sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.

Later in the day, the woman approached the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria to record her statement under a provision of the Code of Criminal Procedure. While there was some confusion on whether the woman’s statement was recorded, sources told The Indian Express that she recorded part of her statement Tuesday and will continue to do so Wednesday.

Given the sensitivity and gravity of the case, police officials associated with the case remained tight-lipped. Taking serious note of the incident Sunday evening, AISA had earlier expelled Ratan from its primary membership. In a statement, the students’ organisation said, “We will reflect on and deal with this issue with all the firmness it deserves.”

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  1. Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
    Aug 24, 2016 at 5:11 am
    After the alleged incident, the girl did not go straight to a police station to make a complaint. She posted it in FB. It shows that she wanted publicity than getting the alleged rapist punished. Only after the FB post got enough pority she went to the police station. Why she did not immediately go to police station as then the police would have sent her for medical examination. Now no medical examination has been done. What is the proof now? It is just her words. She is not interested in getting a conviction and even if the court throws away the case for want of proof she has no qualms. Her purpose has been served. She has defamed a prominent leader of the AISA which will definitely affect the election results. By the way how do all these people get the chemical which can be used to spike someone's drinks so easily?.
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      chanduchacha
      Aug 26, 2016 at 3:18 pm
      AISA is a student body that is full of charasi, sharabi and ladkibaaz. By posing themselves as radicals, liberal and anti- establishment and anti-everything they try to impress others and also hide their own academic non-achievements. From JNU or such other insutes they land up (once they have exhausted all their time in the universities) either in NGOs or in journalism and their also to hide their incapacity they take only one perspective - leftism. These are rouge fellows.
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        Sankaran Krishnan
        Aug 24, 2016 at 7:01 am
        Let the Police investigate the charges and counter charges and whoever had misled the court has to be punished without any bias and impose heavy fines on them apart from severe punishment as per law.
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          Manoj
          Aug 27, 2016 at 11:50 am
          Just shows how men especially men have been trained to think. Blame the girl and support the rapist.
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          1. Sheik Mohamed
            Aug 24, 2016 at 3:02 pm
            It is natural that every accused who are facing this type of charges are claims to be innocent and the move of Ratan is not a new one.
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