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Nation Current Affairs 26 Jun 2016 Charitable group rea ...

Charitable group ready to adopt Dalit ragging victim: Kerala CM

Published Jun 26, 2016, 6:25 pm IST
Updated Jun 26, 2016, 6:25 pm IST
Vijayan said the group had sent him a letter showing willingness to adopt 19-year-old Aswathi and meet her treatment expenses.
Ashwathi at Kozhikode medical college hospital. (Photo: DC)
 Ashwathi at Kozhikode medical college hospital. (Photo: DC)

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday said a charitable group has expressed willingness to adopt the Dalit nursing student, a victim of alleged ragging, who is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Kozhikode with severe stomach ailments.

Addressing a programme here, Vijayan said the group had sent him a letter showing willingness to adopt 19-year-old Aswathi, who hails from a financially backward family, and meet her treatment expenses.


"Here is a happy news. The JDT Islam Orphanage has informed me that they are willing to adopt Aswathi. They sent me a letter in this regard," he said.

"The group also expressed readiness to enrol her in a B.Sc nursing institute, run by them," he said.

Aswathi was allegedly force-fed toilet cleaner by her seniors at the hostel of Al Qamal College of Nursing in Kalaburigi on May 9, seriously damaging her internal organs.

She is now battling for life at Kozhikode Medical College hospital, where she was admitted on June 2.

Based on her statement, police in Kozhikode had registered an FIR on June 22 against five of her seniors.

National Human Rights Commission took cognisance of media reports on the incident and asked the state government and Kozhikode district authorities to file a report and take action.

Based on her statement, Karnataka police had registered an FIR against five of her seniors and arrested three of them two days ago.