A Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student was allegedly molested and her six male friends assaulted for at least two hours after they were held hostage by a group of over half-a-dozen rowdy men at a lake in Asola sanctuary which is in Surajkund area of Faridabad in Haryana, Delhi police said on Thursday.
On Friday, a Sub-Inspector posted with the Surajkund Police Station was suspended on charges of Dereliction of duty for not registering an FIR in connection to the alleged attack when the victims approached them for help.
Police said the incident took place on August 14 evening when the 27-year-old victim along with her friends had gone there on a leisure trip.
A Zero First Information Report was registered on August 15 by Vasant Kunj(North) Police Station, was on Thursday transferred to Faridabad police through the Surajkund police station.
The JNU student said that they had gone to Bharadwaj Lake.
That day around 8.30 PM, the group decided to return to Delhi. While she rode a motorcycle with two of her friends, the other four started to walk towards their taxi which was waiting outside the sanctuary.
The victim in the FIR said, “While me and my two friends were riding towards the main road, two drunk men carrying bamboos sticks blocked our path and started questioning us. They immediately called more six to seven aides who started abusing and using filthy remarks against us. When we tried to ride past them, they attacked us with lathis,”
” Scared from this we threatened to call police but instead pulled me inside a shed, molested me and even tried to gang-rape me, but I resisted their attempts. They went further and tried to tie us up with a rope and told us that they would cut us into pieces and dump us in the lake,” the JNU student alleged.
“They kept slapping us and calling us cattle thieves and also hurled offensive religious remarks against one of my friends,” the victim said.
The student said that the group of men left after one of victim’s friends, who had also reached the spot, called up another cab driver and pleaded with him to call police to rescue them.
The girl student said they went to Surajkund police station for registering a complaint but police officers there promptly refused.
“Our ordeal and trauma did not end there. Police in Surajkund abused us and forced us to write an apology letter,” the woman said in the FIR.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (NIT) Faridabad Ashtha Modi said, “We have received the FIR from Delhi Police on Thursday regarding holding hostage, molestation, assault and attempt to rape on a JNU student and her six friends,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (NIT) Faridabad Astha Modi.
“We are probing the matter and will call ask them to come and record their statements at Surajkund police station. We are recreating the sequence of crime to find out the accused,” the DCP added.