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#MeToo: Indira Jaising Says Won’t Defend Kathua Activist After Sexual Assault Allegation Against Him

A student from JNU accused Talib Hussain of raping her nearly five months ago.

Senior advocate Indira Jaising has said that she will not represent Talib Hussain after allegations of sexual assault were levelled against him during India’s #MeToo campaign.

Jaising was representing Hussain pro bono after his family alleged that the police had tortured him while he was in custody, reported NDTV.

Advocate Jaising also clarified that she did not represent Hussain in any domestic violence or rape cases. She represented him only in the custodial torture matter.

Jaisaing said, “I don’t intend to continue to appear on behalf of Talib Hussain anymore. In my opinion the allegations made in the Firstpost article are sufficient cause for me to take the decision to withdraw from this case.”

In the article, an anonymous student from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) alleged that Hussain raped her in a flat in Batla House area nearly five months ago.

Even though the article does not name Hussain, the writer has provided identification hints like “an activist from Jammu rose to prominence as an anti-rape crusader”, “came to JNU as an invited speaker on March 27”, “he was attacked in Udhampur on April 13” and “was granted bail after two months of being jailed for allegedly raping a female relative.”

Earlier, Husain’s estranged wife had accused him of domestic violence and dowry demands. A case was filed in June but he was arrested only after his wife’s close relative accused him of rape. He is currently out on bail. 

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