JNU research scholar alleges she was drugged, raped by fellow student on campus

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A research scholar of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi has accused a fellow student of rape, police said on Sunday.

The 28-year-old woman said she was drugged and sexually assaulted by Anmol Ratan, who is associated with the Left-wing All India Students’ Association (AISA).

The first-year PhD student approached the Vasant Kunj North police on Sunday and lodged a complaint against Ratan, also a research scholar, who was later expelled by the AISA.

“(The) AISA takes serious note of the fact that Anmol Ratan, a leading activist of AISA, is facing a criminal complaint of sexual assault. He is henceforth expelled from the primary membership of AISA,” Ashutosh Kumar, AISA Delhi state secretary, said in a statement.

An FIR under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code was registered against Ratan, who stays in the Brahmaputra Hostel on JNU campus. He is on the run.

The woman told police that in June she posted a message on Facebook looking for a CD or a digital copy of a Marathi movie, and Ratan claimed he had a copy, police said.

“On Saturday, he came to her hostel and asked her to accompany him to his room at Brahmaputra Hostel,” an official said.

Ratan allegedly offered her a spiked drink. “The woman alleged that Ratan raped her when she was unconscious,” the official said, and added the complainant has said Ratan threatened her when she tried to raise an alarm.

She was taken for a medical examination. The report was awaited.

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