HYDERABAD: A post-graduate student was allegedly sexually assaulted by two of her friends during a get-together at the men’s hostel on the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) campus early Saturday. Both the accused, identified as Nitin Solasamudram (21) and Rajasimha Kusuma (24), were taken into custody by the police on Sunday. The 23-year-old victim, a second-year MA English course student from Delhi, approached the Osmania University Police on Saturday evening. While Nitin is a 1st year MCJ student from Hindupur, Rajasimha Kusuma from Rajahmundry graduated from EFLU last year and is working for a private firm.
In her complaint, the victim admitted she had gone to the men’s hostel Friday on her own for a get-together — girl students are allowed into men’s hostel on the campus. S Sudhakar, ACP, Kachiguda, said, “Investigation is on and the accused are being interrogated. EFLU officials have informed the girl’s parents. We have sent her for medical examination.”
The accused will be produced before a local court on Monday morning. The duo had been friends with the victim for the last five years. They reportedly claimed that they had sexual intercourse with the victim with her consent. The police suspect all of them were in an inebriated condition on Friday night but are yet to ascertain if the girl was forced.
The duo have been charged under Sections 354 and 376 (assault/ criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty). The campus wore a deserted look as the news of the alleged rape spread. Prof Ali Raza Musvi, EFLU Registrar, said the university had acted swiftly and forwarded the case to the police without delay.
Asked about girls staying back in men’s hostel, he replied, “Girls have been directed not to visit the boys’ hostel after 7 p.m. and vice-versa. It has been so since last year.”