Rape Accused’s Admission Request Rejected

Delhi University rejected an admission request by a jailed rape-accused
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An admission application of a 20-year-old gang rape accused lodged in Tihar Jail, has been denied by Delhi University.

University sources informed that two Police constables of Delhi police on two separate occasions approached the DU authorities seeking admission for the rape accused in BA Sanskrit (Honours), however, the application was rejected citing low scores as the youth scored 40 percent marks in his 12th standard.

His application has been denied in writing by the DU authorities for his scores do not meet the minimum cut-off for any college.

The accused is a resident of Palam village and has been lodged in Tihar Jail for about two months after a minor girl (15) filed a complaint at Palam village police station, alleging she was raped by him and his friend at a hotel.

He has been arrested under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and is currently under trial.

According to police officials, the youth has sought admission in BA Sanskrit (honours) in different colleges including Satyawati, PGDAV, Rajdhani and Zakir Hussain.

“He was recently denied bail and since then he is looking for one way or the other to come out of jail. The interim bail to seek admission is nothing but yet another desperate effort by the gang rape accused to come out of jail,” said a police officer working on the case.

The officer added that since the authorities knew that he might try to mislead them, so the Additional Sessions Judge Rajrani Mitra instructed Delhi Police to first confirm with the DU authorities if the accused had cleared the cut-off criteria before deciding on the interim bail.

Vikas Pahwa, a senior advocate, said the boy can seek admission in any university and in case he meets the admission criteria the university will have to provide him admission.

“The boy has right to get admission if he meets the admission criteria, but it depends on the merit of his case if the court allows him bail on the grounds of attending classes,” said Pahwa.

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