PhD student Anmol Ratan, who has been accused of raping a fellow scholar at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), will be produced before a Patiala House court on Thursday, hours after surrendering before the Delhi Police. Ratan had been missing since Sunday when the complaint was filed against him.
An FIR under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections covering rape and criminal intimidation has been registered against Ratan. Following the shocking development, Ratan was expelled from the All India Students’ Association (AISA). The AISA had released a statement earlier announcing their decision to expel Ratan from the party and that they will reflect on and deal with it with the firmness it deserves.
“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. The fact that a leading activist of ours is accused of sexual violence, calls for serious introspection and re-invigorating the process of sensitisation against sexual violence within and outside the organisation,” the statement said.