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    IIT-G assault case: Institute suspends accused; cooperates with police investigation

    The police had refused to divulge more information on the nature of the alleged sexual assault citing that the case was still “under investigation”.

    Guwahati: Following the reports of an incident of alleged “sexual assault” on a female student on the campus on March 28, the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IIT-G) has said that it had “suspended” the accused and was “cooperating with the police on the investigation”.

    On Saturday, the accused was arrested for a case of “sexual assault” on a peer. The police had refused to divulge more information on the nature of the alleged sexual assault citing that the case was still “under investigation”.

    The female student was thereafter admitted to the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH).

    In a statement released on Monday, IIT-G named the accused student and said that he “committed an act that has been considered a serious criminal offense by the judiciary leading to his arrest on 3rd April 2021 by the North Guwahati Police.”

    It further added that he was “suspended from the Institute with immediate effect from 4th April 2021 as recommended by the Students Disciplinary Committee”. Four other students, also connected to the case, have been “isolated from each other on campus and will be retained on campus” for further investigations.

    According to the statement, the acts were a “serious violation of the disciplinary rules of the institute, compromising the safety and security of students, hostel boarders and residents of the campus and disruptive to the institute environment”. It said that IIT-G “condemns such heinous acts in the strongest possible terms” and that it was installing “enhanced safety and security measures” to prevent such incidents in the future.

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