Abetment of suicide: DU college principal summoned as accused

The principal of a Delhi University college has been summoned as accused by a court here in an abetment of suicide case of a woman employed with the institution, saying there was sufficient prima facie material to proceed against him.

New Delhi: The principal of a Delhi University college has been summoned as accused by a court here in an abetment of suicide case of a woman employed with the institution, saying there was sufficient prima facie material to proceed against him.

Metropolitan Magistrate Jagminder Singh summoned Bhim Rao Ambedkar College principal G K Arora and another official Ravinder Singh in the case, while rejecting the closure report of the police.

The court was also hearing a protest petition, filed by Uday Gupta, counsel for the deceased woman's husband, raising objection on the conclusion arrived by Investigating Officer (IO) in the final report.

"... There is sufficient prima facie material against accused G K Arora, Principal and Ravinder Singh, senior upper divisional clerk (UDC) to charge sheet them and to summon them for the offence under section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC," the court said.

"Issue summons to both accused for September 29, 2014," it said, while rejecting the closure report filed by police.

The court also noted that though the woman had mentioned several names in her suicide note, she made specific allegations of physical and mental torture against Arora and Singh in her dying declaration.

"... In dying declaration dated October 1, 2013... She specifically made allegations against G K Arora, Principal and Ravinder Singh, senior UDC, that they had made her life very difficult and they were also sexual harassing her.

"She further clearly stated that because of their torture from different angles, she was compelled to commit suicide," the court noted.

The prosecution's case was that on September 30, 2013, the woman, an employee of the college, had burnt herself in front of the Delhi Secretariat. From there she was taken to JPN Hospital and a case was filed under section 309 (attempt to commit suicide) of the IPC.

Later on, during the treatment, she succumbed to her injuries and section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC was added by the police.

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