The JNU administration has come in for criticism from faculty members over its response to the rape allegation against former AISA president and PhD student Anmol Ratan. In a statement, 82 faculty members of JNU expressed “dismay” that the administration had not yet suspended Ratan or declared him out of bounds from the university. They said this “failure to act” was “tarnishing the image of the JNU administration”.
In the statement, senior faculty members, including Jayati Ghosh, Kamal Mitra Chenoy, Ayesha Kidwai, Janaki Nair and Nivedita Menon, also spoke out against the inaction of the administration in countering the “caricaturising” of the campus atmosphere as one of “irresponsible sexual license” in the recent past.
The teachers said, “It is of primary importance that the health and safety of the complainant be at the centre of all that the university community and the JNU administration does. This necessitates swift action to ensure that the accused (or those acting on his behalf) do not have any opportunity to intimidate, slander, or harm the complainant or her witnesses, tamper with evidence or testimony, or otherwise create a campus environment that indulges in victim blaming or casting aspersions on the motives of the complainant.”
Accused sent to 14-day judicial custody
WITHIN 24 hours of his surrender late Wednesday night before police, the Duty Magistrate Court at Patiala House Courts Thursday remanded JNU student Anmol Ratan, who has been accused of rape by a fellow student, to 14-day judicial custody. The defence said Ratan suffered from a “chronic heart ailment” and urged the court to allow him to continue with his medication inside jail. After he was produced before the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Sujit Saurabh, Ratan’s lawyers submitted that his “health and safety” were a matter of concern. “Thirty per cent of his arteries are blocked. Medical assistance should be provided inside jail. He is under regular medication” said his lawyer.