Two engineering students of Raisoni Engineering College were arrested by the Pune police on Friday after an FIR of rape was registered by a first-year girl student of the same college. Another youth was nabbed for sending obscene messages to the victim.
The 18-year-old student alleged that two students of the college raped her on two consecutive days in the hostel of Raisoni Engineering College. The third accused, who did not study in the college, stalked and threatened her by sending obscene messages.
All three were nabbed by the Pune police from the around the Raisoni Engineering College itself on Friday, a day after the victim and her friends registered the FIR.
What is further enraging is the fact that the victim first shared the traumatic incident with her class teacher, but instead of taking strict and instant action, the teacher ignored the complaint.
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According to the complaint, the victim, who is a first-year student of Raisoni Engineering College, had just given her first exam of the first semester on October 18 and was walking towards her hostel when Karan Ghuge, a third-year student of the same college approached her. He politely asked her if he could help the girl with her project submission. When the victim innocently said yes, he asked her to come to his hostel room pretending that all the relevant project files were there in the room.
On reaching the room, Ghuge forced himself upon her and raped her.
The girl was so traumatized and frightened that she did not even tell her parents as he she feared they would discontinue her engineering. She chose to instead remain silent and gave her exam on the second day as well.
But her ordeal wasn’t over yet.
While she was going to give her exam, she noticed that the Ghurge, who had allegedly raped her, was keeping an eye on her. She got panicked and it was then that she received a message from her classmate, Mahesh Korde. Korde said that he knew what had happened to her and said he would help her in getting the accused arrested.
Korde was so consoling that the victim believed him and met him in the college after the exam. Korde, however, said that it was not safe to discuss these details in the college campus. He then asked her to explain everything that had happened and even show him the room where the alleged crime took place as it would help in making her case stronger.
The girl started explaining everything and when they reached the hostel room where she was allegedly raped, Korde suddenly closed the door and started misbehaving with her. He raped her in the same room on October 19 where she was raped the day earlier.
The girl was shattered and broke down in front of her roommates and elder sister.
The next day, on October 20, she went to her class teacher and the Vishakha committee on sexual harassment and told the incident.
According to the roommates and the relatives of the victim, the teacher did not take the complaint seriously. Even after waiting for six hours, no action or a word came from either the teacher or the college management.
It was at this time that another youth, Avinash Sheke, who does not study in Raisoni Engineering College, started sending obscene text messages to the victim and even asked her to meet him at his place.
After this, the girl and her friends approached the Lonikand police station and filed an FIR against the three.
Karan Ghuge and Mahesh Korde were booked under section 376 of IPC for raping the girl and Avinash Shelke was charged with section 354 D of IPC.
The three will be presented before the Shivajinagar District court today afternoon .