While the Ambedkar Students’ Association have blamed students affiliated with the ABVP for the attack, ABVP denied their role in the incident.

At least seven students belonging to the Ambedkar Students’ Association (ASA) were allegedly attacked by students in the Master of Computer Application in University of Hyderabad on Sunday during the Deepavali celebrations hosted by the latter on campus. Some of the MCA students who attacked the ASA students are affiliated with the ABVP, alleged ASA.

The ASA students have filed a complaint of caste-based atrocities against the MCA students with the Gachibowli police. Police have registered a case under 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) read with 34 of IPC (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).

On Sunday, the MCA students hosted their annual Deepavali celebrations. Two Dalit students belonging to ASA — P Sudheer Kumar and T Ramakrishna from Integrated studies went to attend the event, and allegedly a couple of students took objection to their presence. “We were standing at a corner and witnessing the event, and 3-4 students with an intent to pick a fight came to us and used casteist slurs against us. They hurled abuses at us without any provocation,” Sudheer told TNM.

In his complaint, he wrote that the MCA students used casteist slurs like ‘ASA Saale’, ‘Why are you Dalits coming to Hindu festival?’

“We tried reasoning that the event was open for all, but they started shoving us and physically assaulted us. They knew that we are active members of ASA,” claimed Sudheer.  Sudheer said that he suffered injuries to his eyes, lips and nose while Ramakrishna suffered injuries to his leg.

Witnessing the ruckus, former president of ASA, Samson Gidla tried intervening. However, he too was attacked by a mob of at least 30 students, Sudheer claimed.

Among the attacked include ASA’s current president Iniyavan who alleged that they were indiscriminately attacked. “We received calls that our students are being attacked. When we went there they cornered us and attacked us,” said Iniyavan. “It is a clear case of caste discrimination. They took offence to the presence of Dalit students at the event. Our students were brutally beaten,” he said.

ASA is yet to file a complaint with the university regarding the incident. But they said that they would approach the Proctorial Board of the university to pursue the attack on them and ensure justice.

Meanwhile ABVP, disassociated from the incident. ABVP president Abhishek Malhotra said, “ABVP is nowhere involved in the incident. It has come to my knowledge that two groups fought and ABVP had no role whatsoever in it.”

Speaking to TNM, Gachibowli Admin SI Ramesh Kumar said, “After verifying the complaint, we have registered the case under two sections. Further inquiry is underway.”

15-yr-old raped and impregnated in Telangana, allegedly by school staffer’s husband The incident came to light after one of the teachers noticed changes in the physical features of the survivor. A 15-year-old girl in Telangana was raped and impregnated, allegedly by the husband of a staff member at the school where she was studying. The incident took place at the state-run girls residential school, Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) in Mahabubabad district. The accused was identified as a 30-year-old man, who is the husband of one of the medical staff at the institute. He has been taken into custody.

The incident came to light after one of the teachers noticed changes in the physical features of the survivor. As the teachers and principal of the school enquired with the student, she initially resisted and later informed them about the husband of a medical staff member allegedly raping her over several months.

Based on a complaint from the school management, the Gudur police have registered a case against M Sagar, husband of an Auxiliary Nurse Midwifery (ANM) in the same school.

Speaking to TNM, Gudur Inspector of Police B Balaji said, “The victim used to speak to the nurse frequently, and also visited the nurse’s house, which is close to the school. The accused got acquainted with the girl last year, and raped her over the last few months.” The girl’s parents have been informed about the incident, he added.

The police have registered a case under section 5 of the POCSO Act read with Section 6 of the POCSO Act. Section 6 prescribes the punishment for penetrative sexual assault on a child, which is a minimum of 10 years and may extend upto life imprisonment. DySP Mahabubabad is the investigation officer in the case.

The Inspector further added, “We have sent the survivor to hospital for further medical tests as per the investigation process. Soon, we will be giving the custody of the child to the District Child Welfare officials.”

Meanwhile, District Educational Officer has reportedly suspended the school principal as well as the accused’s wife, holding them responsible for the incident.

Speaking to TNM, District Welfare Officer Nagamallishwari said that the survivor will be taken care of soon after the medical examination.

Child Development and Protection Officer (CDPO) Kamalakar said that medical care and counselling will be followed as per the instructions of the Child Welfare Committee.

Courtesy the News Minute..