news Monday, November 03, 2014 - 05:30
Nitin B | The News Minute | November 3, 2014 | 4:35 pm IST Tension was high in the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) on Monday as the rape of a 23 old girl came to light. The Osmania University campus, which houses EFLU, was settling down after it saw a lot of violence during the Telangana struggle for statehood, has become the centre of attention for the wrong reasons again. “There is a feeling of suppressed rage among all of us” said one student. “What happened is outright wrong. It’s a shame that people that we might have seen around campus everyday could commit crimes like this. If our own friends cannot be trusted, then who can?” the student added. The campus was swarming with police men including some posted outside the gate to restrict access to outsiders. Classes were held regularly even as a bunch of students staged a demonstration outside to support women safety in the campus. Protesters sat outside the gate shouting slogans against the authorities and demanding that swift action be taken against the incident. The incident came to light when the victim, a post graduate student registered a police complaint with the Osmania University police station which is situated beside EFLU on Sunday night. The victim alleged that she was raped by two people, including a fellow student and friend in the boy’s hostel on the night of October 31.Police identified the accused as Nitin Solasamudram and Raj Simha. The duo have been booked under the case of rape under IPC Section 376 with Criminal Amendment Act, 2013.   According to the University Grants Commission (UGC), there has to be a Gender Sensitive Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH) in every university with student representatives to sensitize gender issues but the EFLU has not constituted any such body. The university has not come out with any official statement on the issue and tried to portray normalcy.  Another student who wished to remain anonymous told The News Minute that “There is an unspoken tension in the campus as classes go on regularly and the management tries to act like nothing happened. There are mixed feelings within the students but we all agree that there should never be a repeat of what happened. It’s hard to believe that something like this could have happened right under our noses. I was shocked when I came to know that a person the girl considered a friend could commit such an act.”
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