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IIT students, alumni express disappointment over Gauhati HC granting bail to rape accused

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Over 60 students and alumni of various IITs have expressed dismay over the Gauhati High Court’s order granting bail to a rape-accused student, saying the youth is the “future asset” of the state.

Stating that the judgment may throw away the hopes of getting justice from the courts, and make the campuses look like an unsafe environment, the group has demanded that the specific grounds for granting bail to the accused be “reconsidered”.

“We express our dismay, displeasure and disgust at the recently reported development from Guwahati.

It has emerged that an IIT Guwahati student accused of raping a fellow student on the campus has been granted bail by the Gauhati High Court, saying the accused youth (along with the victim) is a “future asset of the state”.

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“This is notwithstanding the fact that Justice Borthakur, who granted bail to the accused, had earlier held in the March 13 judgment that there is a ‘clear prima facie case’ against him,” the joint statement said.

The students and alumni noted that this is an “extremely disturbing development that threatens the perception that the country has made any progress in terms of gender equality and justice”.

Such concessions, when granted to alleged perpetrators of sexual violence, seriously undermine the gravity of these crimes and reinforce the idea that one can get away with these acts and live in their “brightness”. future” can be expected.

“We believe that no talent, intelligence or prestige of any kind should save the accused from legal action or cause to be reduced and diminished by those actions. These acts as heinous as rape,” the statement said. cannot be a cause for any relief in cases of offences.” .

The Gauhati High Court had on August 23 granted bail to an IIT-Guwahati student who was accused of raping a fellow student, calling the two “future assets of the state”.

The girl was allegedly raped by the accused on the night of March 28, who was rescued the next day and admitted to the hospital.

The accused was arrested on April 3.

“Such developments also raise doubts about the security of campuses, especially with respect to women. With the empathy being extended to alleged criminals due to their academic potential, the High Court order is expected to bring justice to the courts. , and make the premises look like an unsafe environment.

“We demand that this specific ground for granting bail to the student under consideration be reconsidered. We also anticipate the potential impact of such statements on considerations of women’s safety, justice and fair accountability,” the joint statement said. A deep introspection should be done about it.” .

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