Daughter of an Indian diplomat gang-raped in Hyderabad’s university hostel

Daughter of an Indian diplomat gang-raped in Hyderabad’s university hostel

HYDERABAD: A 23-year-old postgraduate student of the English and Foreign Languages University (Eflu) was allegedly gang-raped by two people, including a fellow student, in a room at a men’s hostel on the campus on Friday night. Police arrested the two accused on Sunday.

The victim, a post-graduate second year student, is the daughter of an Indian diplomat and a native of Delhi. At 2am on Sunday, the victim lodged a complaint with the Osmania University police alleging that she was gang-raped by two men in a room at Basheer Men’s Hostel on October 31 night.

The culprits were identified as Nitin Solasamudram, 21, a native of Hindupur in Anantapur, and K Raj Simha, 24, a native of Malkipuram in Razole mandal of East Godavari district. Nitin, a first year student of communication and journalism course at Eflu, has been staying at Basheer Hostel and the offence happened in his hostel room. Raj Simha, who resides in APHB quarters in Bagh Lingampally, is an ex-student of Eflu and Nitin’s friend, police informed.

At 10pm on October 31, according to police, the victim went to Basheer Hostel to meet one of her friends. However, her friend was not there and meanwhile, the duo, who met her in the hostel corridor, invited her to their room for a party. As the two were her acquaintances, the victim accepted their invitation. In her complaint to the police, the victim alleged that the duo raped her when she was in an intoxicated condition.

The victim woke up the next morning around 10am in Nitin’s room and realized that something had gone wrong and that she was sexually assaulted. She called up Nitin to find out what had happened the previous night. As he was giving evasive replies, she discussed the issue with her other friends and confronted Nitin, who initially feigned ignorance and later admitted that she was sexually assaulted by them, she told the police in her complaint.

At 2am on Sunday, the victim along with the university staff lodged a complaint with the OU police and a case was registered against the two under sections 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) and 376-G (gang rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

“We have sent the victim for medical examination. The accused have been arrested and they will be produced in court on Monday. We will write to the university administration to get the exact details of the accused and other details pertaining to the offence,” OU inspector V Ashok Reddy told TOI.

Following the incident, protests marked the Eflu campus with students launching a signature campaign demanding gender sensitization measures be taken up by the administration.

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