IIT Guwahati

The victim of the IIT Guwahati rape case says she expects justice as soon as possible and hopes that all who are found guilty be punished without any delay.

“A writ petition was filed by me for this case, because many necessary steps were not taken to provide justice to me. I have been through a really tough time, and when the court passed an order for a new investigating team there was a new hope. I really hope and pray, that the new investigating team conduct all the interrogations fairly and all who are found guilty by the court, should be punished and I get justice as soon as possible without any delay,” the victim said in an exclusive statement to EastMojo.

On March 28, an undergraduate student at the IIT-Guwahati alleged sexual assault by unknown seniors of the institute after she was found unconscious outside her hostel late on a Sunday evening.

A day after EastMojo reported IIT-Guwahati student alleged sexual assault on campus by seniors, prime accused Utsav Kadam was arrested by Assam Police, and the institute constituted an internal ‘fact-finding’ committee to probe the incident on April 3.

However, over the past two months, the IIT Guwahati rape investigation moved at a snail’s place, forcing the victim to move to court on May 18. On May 28, the Gauhati HC issued an order to constitute a new investigating team consisting of three experienced officers, including a woman police officer, to investigate the case.

This followed a writ petition filed by the victim on May 18, which sought the investigation to be taken up by a special investigative team, consisting of women police personnel. The petition also called for North Guwahati police officials, especially Mukut Baishya, the former investigating officer, from investigating the case any further. The petition also mentioned that another female student present at the scene wasn’t questioned by the police.

It is also important to point out that despite the Internal Complaints Committee submitting its report two weeks ago and making a host of recommendations against the alleged perpetrators, the administration is yet to take any action against the perpetrators, which led to the victim finally issuing a statement.

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