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IIT Madras rape case: Lawyers, journalists protest outside Supreme Court, seek justice for Dalit survivor

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Taking cognisance of rape of a Dalit woman at IIT Madras, people from all walks of life, including Lawyers and journalists from various media organisations, gathered outside the premises of the Supreme Court, seeking justice for the survivor.

Earlier on Tuesday, the government of Tamil Nadu had ordered a CB-CID probe into the rape of a research scholar of IIT Madras.

The 30-year-old had alleged that her co-scolar Kingshuk Debsharma had sexually harassed and raped her during 2016 and 2020. The woman had filed a complaint at the all-women police station, Mylapore in March, 2020. A case was registered against eight persons.

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The complaint further alleged that the woman was physically and mentally harassed by Debsharma ever since she joined the institution in 2016, while others also played a role in the harassment meted out to her. They took videos of the victim, circulated them and constantly blackmailed her, she said. She also alleged that she was sexually abused in Kodagu in 2018, while on a tour, and that she had been disrobed and filmed at the lab on the campus.

Police had recently added rape charges and Sections of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in the case, being investigated by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Kotturpuram, C. Subramanian.

The Commission for Scheduled Castes, Delhi, had issued notice to director of IIT Madras.

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