JNU Student Allegedly Raped by AISA Activist

A first-year Ph.D student at JNU was alleged raped by fellow student and AISA activist Anmol Ratan.

New Delhi: A 28-year-old student from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has accused an AISA activist of raping her in a hostel room on the university campus, the police said on Sunday.

The woman, a first-year Ph.D student, alleged that Anmol Ratan, a JNU student and AISA activist raped her on Saturday, August 20, the police said.

According to the complaint filed by her at Vasant Kunj (North) police station, she had posted on her Facebook profile that she wanted to watch Sairat and asked if anyone had a CD of the movie.

In her complaint she says Ratan apparently messaged her saying that he had a copy, after which he picked her up on the pretext of giving her a CD and took her to Brahamputra Hostel, where he stays.

She said in the complaint that he offered her a spiked drink and allegedly raped her. Ratan also threatened her and asked her to not report the matter.

However, the woman approached the police and a case of rape was registered. Further investigations are underway.

When contacted, AISA said it has taken strong note of the allegations and had expelled Ratan from the organisation.

“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. AISA will reflect on and deal with this issue with all the firmness it deserves. AISA will be unflinching for the principles of gender justice even if it involves a leading member of the organisation. We stand by the complainant and will extend all possible support in her fight for justice,” said Ashutosh Kumar, AISA’s Delhi state secretary.

The university has also issued a statement on the allegations. “Jawaharlal Nehru University always stands for dignity of the individual, respect for women and democratic values. It is in this light that the JNU Administration strongly condemns an incident of heinous rape in a hostel in the campus on 20 August 2016. This has completely shaken the JNU Community and has tarnished the image of the university. The Administration does not tolerate such incidences and resolves to take appropriate measures to prevent them in future. The entire JNU Community stands with the victim. Moreover, the Administration appeals to students, staff and teachers to remain vigilant against such incidences,” the statement said.

(with PTI inputs)