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Double tragedy in Delhi: Rape charges drive accused to suicide

Anwar's suicide has prompted some of his friends to raise the question of how he was being vilified both on social media and by some sections of the electronic media.

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by Shruti Dhapola 20 Dec 07:50 am IST

     

Khurshid Anwar, a 55-year-old executive director of an NGO called Institute for Social Democracy allegedly committed suicide on Wednesday from his Vasant Kunj apartment in New Delhi.

Anwar had been accused of rape by 24-year woman from Manipur, and the police had registered an FIR in this case on Tuesday evening. He was charged with a case of poisoning and rape based on the complaint of the girl. According to an IANS report, the girl said that she attended a party on 12 September with nine members of Anwar's NGO at his house and this is when the incident took place.

The report adds that "she got drunk and started vomiting. Anwar and the others advised her to stay at Anwar's flat. She agreed and went to sleep. The next morning when she woke up, she found out she had been sexually assaulted but kept silent as she feared her identity would be revealed..the girl filed a complaint before the National Commission for Women, which forwarded it to police." A Times of India report also says that the victim had accused Anwar of spiking her drinking with sedatives.

Anwar is also believed to have left a note where he has questioned the rape charge. According to IANS, Anwar wrote in the note, "I am upset about the way the girl is campaigning against me without any fault of mine, and maligning my 30 years of career and reputation."

Anwar's suicide has prompted some of his friends to raise the question of how he was being vilified both on social media and by some sections of the electronic media. Earlier today, a statement circulated on Facebook pointing....
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