FIR registered against 5 students for Kerala Dalit girl's ragging

The charges include attempt to murder, besides sections of the Kerala Ragging Act and Atrocities under SC ST Act

FIR registered against 5 students for Kerala Dalit girl

Five students of Al Qamar College of Nursing in Gulbarga, Karnataka, have been booked in connection with the alleged brutal ragging of a Dalit student that has sparked widespread outrage.

The case was registered against Lakshmi and Athira (both belonging to Kerala), Krishna, Shilpa and Joe based on the statement of the 19-year-old victim, who is undergoing treatment at Kozhikode Medical College Hospital (KMCH). Her condition is now reported to be stable.

The victim, Aswathi, hailing from Malapuram in Kerala, has been battling for her life at the hospital  after eight of her seniors allegedly forced her to drink toilet cleaning solution on 9 May.

She has named only five of the eight, a police official said.

“A copy of the FIR had been sent to Gulbarga police commissioner for further investigation into the matter.”

The victim was first admitted to a private hospital in Gulbarga with serious damage to her internal organs.

Later, she was admitted to Thrissur Medical College Hospital, after which she was referred to KMCH on 2 June.

Cases have been registered under various sections of the IPC,including 307 (attempt to murder), 36 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and 346 (wrongful confinement in secret) and various sections of SC, ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act.