The university has said that it is fully cooperating with the police

Security guard at IIT-Madras held for sexual assault on student in campusFile photo: Facebook
news Sunday, January 17, 2016 - 07:37

A security guard from IIT-Madras was arrested on Saturday, following acomplaint of sexual assault filed by a 22-year-old student of the university during Saarang - the annual cultural fest in the campus.

According to reports,  the student was going towards Velachery gate at around 4 am on January 9, when she was reportedly waylaid by a security personnel who attempted to molest her.

Quoting police sources, TNIE reported that Mustaffa Ahamed from Morigaon district in Assam, attempted to molest the girl on the third night of Saarang.

Speaking to the Times of India, University director Bhaskar Ramamurthi said:

The institute has been involved right from the time the incident happened. Within a few hours of incident, the institute approached police and filed the complaint once the student had consented to give the complaint....While we have permanent security staff, others are hired on contract from agencies since we require many guards at the large campus.

The report also adds that CCTV cameras at the gate did not capture the assault as it took place in a blind spot of the camera.

The guard has been charged under various sections including assault on woman with intention to outrage her modesty and has been reprimanded to judicial custody.

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