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PU condems the assault incident

PU condems the assault incident

TPE Correspondent
Chandigarh, November 10

Panjab University, Chandigarh strongly condemns the recent incident of assault
on woman in the Campus. Prof. Karamjeet Singh, Registrar, PU said that the incident was
very unfortunate and University is taking necessary measures to curb such kind of
incidents in future. Taking a serious note related to the security of residents,
specially women residents of the Campus, Prof. Ashwani Koul, Chief University Security
is asked to take all necessary steps on priority and any loopholes, if any, shall be
plugged immediately.
The incident took place at the botanical garden in Panjab University campus where a woman journalist sustained injuries after an unidentified man molested her when she was on out on a morning walk on Tuesday.
The 45-year-old journalist with a leading daily, who lives on the campus, suffered bruises on her face and arms in the attack which took place on Monday.
In her complaint lodged with the Chandigarh Police, the woman said she went to the garden at 7.25 am and after a few minutes, the man suddenly appeared on the scene.
As the accused approached the journalist, he pointed towards the cactus enclosure, telling her that some flowers were blooming in that area and she could click picture with her mobile phone, according to the complaint. Feeling uncomfortable with his gesture, she threatened to click his photo on her cell phone and give it to the police.
The accused took a couple of steps towards her and caught hold of her from behind, gagging her mouth with his hand. After grappling with the accused for nearly 15 minutes, she managed to free herself from his clutches and ran out of the garden, the woman said in the complaint.
She then narrated the incident to her husband, after which the couple approached police. A couple of days back, the same man, also stated to be around 45 years of age, had asked her which hostel she lived in and the journalist had told him that she was from the faculty avoiding any further conversation soon after which he had left the spot.
Police later registered a case under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354-A (passing sexually coloured remarks), 354-D (stalking) and other relevant sections of the IPC.
“We have got some vital clues. Somebody else too has seen the man after the incident and according to that person the sketch of the accused matches 80-90 per cent with him,” SHO of Sector 11 police station, Inspector Rajiv Kumar.

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