Seven students of JNU, St. Stephen’s allege attack by group of men during picnic

Attackers even tried to grope the woman student inside the Asola Wildlife Sanctuary, they say.

August 18, 2017 09:38 am | Updated December 03, 2021 12:27 pm IST - NEW DELHI

Students went for a picnic at the Bharadwaj Lake, located inside Asola Wildlife Sanctuary.

Students went for a picnic at the Bharadwaj Lake, located inside Asola Wildlife Sanctuary.

Seven students, including a woman, were allegedly attacked by a group of men inside the Asola Wildlife Sanctuary in Faridabad on August 14 when they were returning from a picnic in the area.

While three of the victims are students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), three others are former students of the university. The seventh person belongs to St. Stephen’s College.


Around 8.30 p.m., when the group was returning from an area in the sanctuary, popularly referred to as the Death Valley, three men allegedly stopped them.

The students said the accused asked the male students what their relationship was with the lone woman. One of the students, who had a beard, was allegedly abused for being a Muslim and called a “cattle thief”.

“More people turned up at the spot and started hitting us with sticks,” said Surya Prakash, one of the victims. The attackers even tried to grope the woman student and tear away her clothes, the students said. The students escaped when their cab driver, along with two locals, came to their rescue and took them to the Surajkund police station.

The officer in charge, however, allegedly refused to file a complaint and instead made the students write an apology. He also allegedly asked the woman if her dress was “that short” or if it was torn. The Delhi Police have registered a zero FIR in the matter.

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