A Presidency University student has accused two of her seniors of molestation and extortion.
The second-year undergraduate student lodged a police complaint against the two third-year students of history — a girl and a boy — after they allegedly assaulted her on Monday.
She alleged that the duo had demanded Rs 10,000 and when she refused, they twisted her arm.
The FIR mentions the duo’s demand for money but does not say why they were harassing the girl to pay up.
University sources said the girl’s father is said to have informed the authorities that the boy had threatened to circulate through MMS some video clips linked with his daughter.
The father refused to speak on Tuesday and his daughter could not be contacted.
The accused duo were charged under sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 385 (putting person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion) of the IPC.
“The girl said in the complaint that the duo had made similar demands earlier as well,” said an officer of Jorasanko police station.
“We are speaking to the girl. We will question the boy too,” an officer said.
When Metro contacted the boy, he denied the charges. “I am in Santiniketan. I don’t know anything about the complaint. Neither the police nor the university authorities have contacted me.”
The trio were part of the group of students whose parents were summoned to the university in November for indiscipline. A university official said the girl’s father had alleged at the meeting that a section of her friends was harassing her.
An official privy to the meeting said: “He said his daughter was being mentally tortured after she distanced herself from the boy and the group she was earlier part of. We had advised him to lodge a complaint with the police.”
The boy’s parents did not turn up at the meeting, where 12 guardians were summoned. Officials said his parents live outside Bengal but they would be summoned again.
The parents were called after a cultural event in September organised by the student group concerned had to be cancelled allegedly because of “rampant consumption of marijuana and liquor on the campus”.