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Kin moves CJM in assault case

Silchar, Jan. 11: The family of the girl who had alleged sexual assault by a fellow student in the social works department of Assam University, has registered a complaint with the chief judicial magistrate.

The complaint, lodged by the 19-year-old girl’s father, was submitted on Thursday but its official copy, which is with The Telegraph, was received last night.

The incident had taken place on November 25 last year.

The National Women’s Commission has urged the police to send the report to its head-office at the earliest.

Asked why he had filed a complaint with the judiciary, the girl’s father alleged that initially the department head had tried to underplay the issue.

Then the committee set up to investigate the matter took a lot of time to submit its report.

“Vice-chancellor Somnath Dasgupta acted promptly and cancelled the admission of the accused. After that I contacted him several times to know the executive council’s final decision but I haven’t received any reply yet,” he said.

“As the investigating committee found the accused guilty, I was expecting the university authority to file a complaint with the police against him. But it’s almost two months since the incident and the authority has taken no decision,” he added.

According to the complaint filed with the CJM, on November 25, when the girl was sitting with her classmates, the accused came and informed her that her guide was looking for her to collect the fieldwork file from his office. But when she reached the guide’s office, she found the office closed. Soon after, the accused came and grabbed her in front of the office. The complaint also alleges that the accused bit the girl on the right side of her neck.

The boy, 20, has been expelled and will not be able to get admission in any college under the university, sources said. Silchar superintendent of police Diganta Bora said, “We are yet to be informed (about the complaint). The CJM might investigate the issue himself or hand over the case to the police. If we are informed, we will certainly do our job”.

The VC told The Telegraph, “I haven’t received any document or order from the CJM’s office. I will surely look into the matter again if I receive anything. We don’t have the mandate to file an FIR. During investigation, we did not find any concrete evidence in the case. The accused had only agreed before the probe panel that he had shown some obscene pictures to the girl and the action we have taken is based on his confession.”

The university, situated at Dorgakona, is 25km from Silchar and 350km from Guwahati.