Anmol Ratan, a PhD student of Jawaharlal Nehru University, accused of allegedly raping a fellow student has surrendered in Vasant Kunj (North) police station, New Delhi
Ratan, a former AISA president, was earlier denied an anticipatory bail by the court. The court refused him any protection from arrest and adjourned the matter to be heard on August 27.
The student has alleged that she was raped by an AISA activist from the university, recorded her statement before a magistrate on Wednesday.
Ratan has been booked under Sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.
What all happened so far:
According to the complaint filed by the woman, she wanted to watch the movie, Sairat, and asked if anyone had a copy in a post on a social networking site.
The accused had replied on the platform, saying he has a copy of the film. She alleged that the accused took her to his room on the pretext of giving her the movie. She alleged in her complaint that he offered her a drink which was spiked and raped her after she fell unconscious.
Police said when she regained consciousness, she tried to raise an alarm but the accused threatened her with dire consequences if she told anyone about the incident.
JNU has handed over the matter to the Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH). Vice-chancellor Jagadesh Kumar told The Indian Express that GSCASH “was looking into it (the case)”.
What Ratan’s lawyer said:
Earlier, 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.