The authorities at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) have promised “suitable” action against a 25-year-old research scholar, who has been arrested for allegedly raping his 13-year-old niece.
The PhD student, who has been identified as Maqsood, was a scholar at the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies.
According to police, the case came to light when the girl, who had come to Delhi and was staying with the accused, complained of stomach ache. She was found to be pregnant following a medical examination, police said.
Police said doctors said this was the second time the girl had become pregnant, the first time a year ago for which she underwent an abortion, police said.
The JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) said it had demanded action against the accused.
“We have asked the university authorities to take stern action against the accused. We have recommended that he be suspended,” Akbar Chaudhary, the president of JNUSU, said.
Promising appropriate action, JNU Vice-Chancellor Sudhir Kumar Sopory said, “He was a PhD student here with us. I have asked the JNU security department to look into the matter and recommend action to be taken.”
The PhD student on Sunday created a ruckus and injured himself in lock-up, police said.
“He made a huge hue and cry, shouting and breaking down several times following which he was taken to hospital,” a senior police officer said.