Day after NGO chief commits suicide over rape charge, police send team to trace woman who alleged rape

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The wife of Khurshid Anwar, executive director of Institute for Social Democracy who allegedly committed suicide on Wednesday, at his funeral in New Delhi on Thursday. (IE photo: Amit Mehra) The wife of Khurshid Anwar, executive director of Institute for Social Democracy who allegedly committed suicide on Wednesday, at his funeral in New Delhi on Thursday. (IE photo: Amit Mehra)
SummaryIn her complaint, she alleged Khurshid Anwar spiked her drink and assaulted her after she passed out.

A day after the executive director of a Delhi NGO allegedly committed suicide following charges of rape against him, police sent a team to the complainant’s hometown to record her statement.

On Wednesday, Khurshid Anwar, executive director of the Institute for Social Democracy(ISD), allegedly jumped from the fourth floor of an apartment block in Vasant Kunj, South Delhi. The 55-year-old had been named in a rape FIR, registered at the Vasant Kunj (North) police station on the basis of a complaint forwarded to the police by the National Commission for Women (NCW).

The complainant works for a different NGO and had met Anwar when protests were being staged over the Muzaffarnagar riots, police said. She alleged that Anwar raped her on September 12 after inviting her home for a party. In her complaint, she alleged that Anwar spiked her drink and assaulted her after she passed out.

Her statement was videotaped in the office of activist Madhu Kishwar. The matter was then referred to the NCW, which forwarded it to the Vasant Kunj (North) police station on December 17.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) B S Jaiswal said: “A team has been sent to the complainant’s hometown. We will need her statement to proceed with the case. We can proceed with the investigations only after we record her statement.”

On Anwar’s death, Jaiswal said: “Prima facie, it is a case of suicide.”

Police came across a note Anwar had keyed into his computer. There was a reference to the September incident: “...woh din yaad aata hai... yaad karta hoon... (I remember the day)... Why is (she) doing this? Why is she involving me in rape? I was trying to contact her... but couldn’t contact her.”

Police said the note was probably written a day before Anwar took his life.

With SIDDHARTHA GUPTA

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