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BHU Molestation: Police Can't Find 19-Year-Old Complainant To Record Her Statement

The incident took place on 21 September.

27/09/2017 10:58 AM IST | Updated 27/09/2017 11:01 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists protest against the lathicharge in BHU campus at HRD Ministry, Shastri Bhawan on September 25, 2017 in New Delhi, India. Several students, mostly women, and policemen were wounded in clashes at Banaras Hindu University after university guards and cops cane-charged protesters in front of the vice chancellor?s home and at the main entrance to the century-old institutions sprawling campus around midnight on Saturday. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Six days after a 19-year-old female student of the Banaras Hindu University was allegedly molested by unidentified bike-borne men, the police are yet to record the woman's statement. She had registered a first information report (FIR) on 22 September, a day after the incident.

"So far, the woman could not be reached to record her statement," a police officer investigating the case told The Indian Express, claiming that the complainant hadn't answered his phone calls and he was waiting for her to rejoin university after October 2. According to the report, the student's parents took her home after the protests at BHU intensified. "I am waiting for her to return."

Cops have reportedly found CCTV footage of the alleged molesters, but are yet to identify them.

Meanwhile, after increasing protests against the university administration and the chief proctor ON Singh who, the students allege, mishandled the woman's complaint, he reportedly resigned late Tuesday night on "moral grounds".

While another professor has been given interim charge at the moment, the university might reportedly hire a female proctor, reported India Today.

On Tuesday, the university vice chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi made several new appointments. Tripathi, who is due to retire in November, could make these appointments only two months before his date of retirement, which means Tuesday was the last such day for him to make decisions. However, at least one of his decisions--to appoint teacher OP Upadhyay as Medical Superintendent of Sir Sunderlal Hospital which is inside the BHU campus--has raised eyebrows, reported The Indian Express. Upadhyay has been indicted of sexual harassment in 2013 at a magistrate court in Fiji. He was on study break at the time, and the court found him guilty of sexually harassing a 21-year-old woman.

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