PhD scholar raped by batchmate in IIT-Indore lab; accused arrested, sent to jail

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By ETV Bharat English Desk

Published : Jan 21, 2024, 5:54 PM IST

Phd scholar raped by batchmate in IIT-Indore

The girl had met the accused, Bharat, eight months ago at the institute. They befriended each other and started studying together at the lab. However, the girl, in her statement told the police that the accused tried to molest her promising to marry her and even threatened her when she did not consent to touching her.

Indore (Madhya Pradesh): A 28-year-old girl pursuing PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Indore has lodged a complaint of rape against her batchmate at the Simrol Police Station on Friday. A case was registered against the accused Bharat under Sections 376 (Punishment for sexual assault) and 376 (2) (n) (commits rape) of the Indian Penal Code and he was arrested from his accommodation.

District Superintendent Police Umakant Chowdhary said that as per the girl's statement, she had met Bharat eight months ago at the institution. Following the introduction, they became friends and started studying together at the library. However, Bharat later started touching her inappropriately and outraged her modesty on the pretext of marrying her.

Simrol Police Station in-charge Mansaram Wagen said that although the boy had promised to tie the knot with her, he later changed his mind and refused to do so. Further investigation is underway, but Bharat has been put behind bars, he confirmed.

Molestation and cases of sexual harassment are nothing new in top-level institutions. Back on November 2, 2023, a 22-year-old student was allegedly waylaid, stripped and sexually assaulted by three men when she stepped out of her hostel in IIT-BHU. The Uttar Pradesh police nabbed the culprits on January 1.

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