Three female nursing students held by Karnataka Police on Friday for allegedly ragging and forcing their junior Aswathi K.P to drink toilet cleaning liquid phenyl reducing her to a critical condition.
A magistrate in Gulbarga district sent the three accused Lakshmi, Athira and Krishnapriya to a 14-day judicial custody. The Karnataka Police is also on a hunt for another accused Shilpa Jose who is absconding.
The incident took place on 9 May at the Al Qamal College’s hostel where Aswathi, a first year Dalit student was allegedly force-fed a disinfectant by her seniors. The malicious incident led a severe damage to the victim’s food pipe.
She was taken to number of hospitals, however currently she is undergoing a treatment in Kozhikode Medical college, where her condition is said to be critical.
The case was registered in Kozhikode on June 22. A nine-member team of Karnataka Police officials is also investigating the matter in Kozhikode. They have asked Kerala Police for the help to chase the fourth accused Shilpa Jose who is believed to be in Kerala.
Aswathi’s mother said: “No mother should ever undergo the agony that I am undergoing seeing my daughter suffering.”
Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in Kerala assembly Ramesh Chennithala visited the victim on Saturday and spoke to the doctors treating her.
“I have spoken to the Kerala and Karnataka chief ministers and have asked the latter to speed up the probe and bring the culprits to book,” Chennithala said.
Kerala Women’s Commission also wrote to its counterpart in Karnataka, appealing it to intervene in the matter.