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TN CB- CID commences probe on alleged rape of Dalit scholar at IIT-M

- April 12, 2022

Chennai, April 12 (BPNS)

The elite Crime Branch CID of Tamil Nadu police has commenced an investigation into the alleged rape of a Dalit scholar at IIT- Madras.

The woman scholar had complained that she was mentally and physically abused by her co- scholars.

The IIT- M woman scholar has complained that a fellow scholar Kingshuk Debsharma is a co-scholar of abuse and rape. The incident, according to the woman complainant has taken place between 2016 and 2020 and the woman filed the complaint in 2020.

The Crime Branch CID commenced investigation on Tuesday and has taken some details on the fellow scholars who have been alleged by the woman as perpetrators of the crime.

Sources in the CB-CID told BPNS that the investigation will not leave any stone unturned and the sleuths would take details from the top management of IIT- M. The investigation would focus on whether the Dalit students of the campus were facing any discrimination and whether such trauma had happened to other girl students of the premier institution.

The woman Dalit scholar had alleged that she was physically and mentally harassed by Debsharma ever since she joined the institution in 2016. In the complaint, she had stated that other co-scholars were also involved in harassing her.

 She had alleged that she was sexually abused while on a tour to Kodagu in 2018 during an educational tour and that she had been disrobed and filmed at the campus and the videos have been circulated.

The state DGP in a statement said that the case has been transferred to the CB-CID as the accused are living abroad and in other states of the country.