What has been happening at JNU? – Can it be liberated from controversies, ideologies and politics?

What has been happening at JNU? – Can it be liberated from controversies, ideologies and politics?

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JNU with controversies: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) started in 1969 has been embroiled, enmeshed and entangled with many controversies, because of political affiliation of the students for the last 50 years. Generally, the JNU professors, Assistant professors etc., behave, as if they have come from heavens or the others who invite them foe talks, treat them in such a way, they might be tempted to behave like that. Any way, during the last decades, definitely, they have been pampered in many ways that they themselves accustomed to be treated so. Amidst the ongoing unrest in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) over ‘anti-national’ slogans, there is a BJP MLA who had gone one step forward in defaming the varsity and its students[1]. According to BJP MLA from Ramgarh in Rajasthan’s Alwar district Gyandev Ahuja, those studying in JNU are involved in activities including ‘sex and drugs’ among others[2]. He commented in February 2016. A dossier 200-page report prepared by a group of teachers of the Jawaharlal Nehru University is likely to add more fuel to the fiery controversy surrounding the prestigious academic institution[3], which has been put together by a group of 11 JNU teachers, describes the university as a “den of organised sex racket.” The document, which was prepared in 2015 and released only recently – in April 2016 – to a few journalists, has been submitted to the JNU administration[4]. In May 2016, a student was arrested for raping his classmate[5]. Now, news has come that one JNU student raped another student!

Anmol Ratan CSDE student

CSDE research student booked for rape: A JNU student, an activist of the All India Students’ Union (AISA[6]), has been booked for allegedly drugging and raping a 28-year-old research scholar at his university hostel room on Saturday 20-08-2016[7].  Anmol Ratan is a student at the Centre for the Study of Discrimination and Exclusion (CSDE) under the prestigious School of Social Sciences (SSS), while the alleged victim is a PhD student[8]. Incidentally, the Centre for the Study of Discrimination and Exclusion has been involved in producing negative issues with selective interpretation on social issues. The sole representative of ABVP in an otherwise Left-dominated JNUSU, Saurabh Sharma, told Mail Today that he had already written to the V-C demanding stern action against the accused, including his immediate rustication from the varsity[9].

JNU-Anmol-Ratan

The rape victim complained to the police: 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’ movie and asked if anyone had a CD of it. It said Ratan apparently messaged her saying that he had a copy. Thereafter, he picked her up 20-08-2016 on the pretext of giving her a CD of the film 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[10]. He also threatened her and asked her to not report the matter[11]. However, the woman approached the police on 19-08-2016 and a case of rape was registered and further investigation is underway[12]. The police took the woman to hospital for a medical examination on Sunday 20-08-2016, after she filed the case[13]. “We have questioned several students of Brahmputra Hostel where the accused stays. We have also contacted senior officials of the university for assistance in our investigation,” said a senior police official.

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The police version of what happened: Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police-I (South) Nupur Prasad said that on Sunday 21-08-2016, the purported victim approached the police with her complaint and stated that she had been raped by Anmol Ratan, a student of JNU and an activist of student organisation AISA[14]. The victim is in the first year of her Phd in one of the JNU schools. “She alleged that in the month of June, she had put a statement on Facebook that she wanted to watch a film called Sairat and had asked if anyone had a copy. She alleged that Anmol messaged her that he had a copy of the film. She further added that on Saturday, Anmol picked her from her hostel on the pretext of providing her the film and took her to his Brahamputra Hostel room where he offered some drinks to her and after that committed sexual assault with her,” said Ms. Prasad. She added that initially the accused had kept the woman confined and had not allowed her to go, even threatening her against revealing the incident to anyone. The following day she visited the Vasant Kunj (North) police station and shared her ordeal. “On the basis of statement of complainant a case under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered and further investigation is in progress,” said Ms. Prasad. The accused had not been arrested till late Sunday night. “We stand by the complainant and will extend all possible support in her fight for justice,” the AISA said.

sucheta AISA President

AISA expels anmol Ratan: When contacted AISA said it has taken strong note of the allegations and has expelled Ratan from the membership. “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[15]. “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 in her fight for justice,” Ashutosh Kumar, AISA Delhi State Secretary, said[16]. Condemning the incident as a blot on the varsity’s image, the JNU authorities urged the community in the varsity to remain vigilant against such incidents. “JNU always stands for dignity of the individual, respect for women and democratic values. The administration strongly condemns an incident of heinous rape in a campus hostel. It has completely shaken the JNU community and has tarnished the image of the university,” an official statement said[17].

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AISA president’’s note: “Two days have passed since the report of sexual violence against Anmol has come. Anmol was an AISA leader. We have expelled him from primary membership and told all our units not to remain in any contact with him. He is also presently a JNU student. JNUSU has demanded immediate suspension of Anmol. But no action has been taken from the JNU administration. He has also not been arrested yet. Anmol should be given no opportunity to use his position as an erstwhile student leader in his defence.The responsible institutions must not leave any space for that. He must not only be suspended immediately but also declared out of bounds from JNU. He must also be arrested immediately. Let us all demand immediate action from responsible institutions to ensure the process of justice isn’t hampered” – Via Sucheta De[18]. Incidentally, there has not been any condemnation from Kavita Krishnan, Kanhaiya and other comrades. Generally, they come to roads or at least in New Delhi or within JNU campus, conduct some demonstration, but, now, they keep silence.

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Anmol Ratan applies for bail and dubs the complaint is false: The PhD student who was allegedly raped by a fellow student from JNU recorded part of her statement before a metropolitan magistrate Tuesday 23-08-2016, while the accused, Anmol Ratan, moved a pre-arrest bail application in a sessions court[19]. His advocate Rajiv 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[20]. But, a girl-student, just like that give a complaint that “she has been raped by so and so”? On 20-08-2016, she was taken to medical examination and thereafter only, complaint registered. As last May 2016 also a student was arrested, the JNU intellectuals should think about the reality and change themselves, as they are answerable to the society. It is not that NDA or UDF is ruling ideology alone cannot be imposed on people or students for a long time.

© Vedaprakash

24-08-2016

Police have put up a notice on Anmol’s sealed room at JNU saying Vasant Kunj Police must be contacted to open it

[1] Times of India, BJP MLA’s shocker, terms JNU a hub of ‘sex and drugs’, ANI | Feb 23, 2016, 01.18 PM IST.

[2] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/BJP-MLAs-shocker-terms-JNU-a-hub-of-sex-and-drugs/articleshow/51104667.cms

[3] Indiatoday, JNU is a den of organised sex racket, says dossier prepared by university teachers, New Delhi, April 27, 2016 | UPDATED 13:00 IST

[4] http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/jnu-is-a-den-of-organised-sex-racket-says-dossier-prepared-by-university-teachers/1/652719.html

[5] http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/rape-jnu-student-held-for-raping-classmate-at-party-in-december-say-delhi-police-2814473/

[6] http://www.aisa.in/

[7] The Hindu,  JNU student booked for raping research scholar in campus, New Delhi,  August 21, 2016

[8] Mail.online.india, Protests erupt at JNU after AISA leader Anmol Ratan is accused of raping a fellow student… and the rival ABVP starts a door-to-door campaign, By Siddhartha Rai and Astha Saxena, PUBLISHED: 00:47 GMT, 23 August 2016 | UPDATED: 00:47 GMT, 23 August 2016.

[9] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-3753586/Protests-erupt-JNU-AISA-leader-Anmol-Ratan-accused-raping-fellow-student-rival-ABVP-starts-door-door-campaign.html

[10] Times of India, JNU student files rape case against fellow student, PTI | Aug 21, 2016, 10.55 PM IST.

[11] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/JNU-student-files-rape-case-against-fellow-student/articleshow/53800673.cms

[12] http://zeenews.india.com/news/delhi/aisa-activist-anmol-ratan-raped-jnu-phd-student-from-pretext-of-giving-sairat-movie-cd-to-spiking-her-drink-know-details_1921176.html

[13] http://www.asianage.com/delhi/jnu-rape-accused-still-run-497

[14] http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/jnu-student-booked-for-raping-research-scholar-in-campus/article9014813.ece

[15] http://www.ndtv.com/delhi-news/28-year-old-jnu-student-files-rape-case-against-fellow-student-1446745

[16] NDTV-news, 28-Year-Old JNU Scholar Allegedly Drugged, Raped By Fellow Student, Delhi | Agencies | Updated: August 22, 2016 09:49 IST

[17] http://www.asianage.com/delhi/jnu-rape-accused-still-run-497

[18] https://www.facebook.com/officialaisa/?fref=nf

[19] Indian Express, JNU rape case: Charges false, result of political rivalry, says Anmol Ratan, Written by Aamir Khan | New Delhi | Published:August 24, 2016 5:27 am.

[20] http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/jnu-rape-case-charges-false-result-of-political-rivalry-says-anmol-ratan-to-court-2993350/

 

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