A STUDENT in Uzbekistan nearly died after her boss allegedly pushed her out of a third-floor window following an alleged attempted rape.
Mushtaribonu Kamilova, 20, sustained serious injuries after allegedly being thrown 25ft by Tashkent university dean Bogabek Yuldashev.
The student-teacher condemned her boss from her hospital bed, waiving her right to anonymity, about the alleged October 18 attack.
Mushtaribonu alleges that the dean first demanded she make coffee for him when she was alone with him in his office last Monday.
He then locked the door and turned off the light, she alleges.
She fumbled with her phone and managed to call a male friend, pleading for him to come and rescue her.
“She tried to get out of the office, but the deputy dean grabbed her and forced her on a sofa,” said anti-sexual violence group NeMolchi.uz to which she gave a statement.
The student “fought back and shouted” during the “sexual attack” then rushed to the window and opened it to call for help.
“She resisted, but he was stronger, so he pushed Mushtari out, and she landed on concrete under the window,“ said the account, based on her testimony.
Yuldashev then closed the window, pulled down a blind, and let in Mushtaribonu’s friend who was banging at the door.
The young man grabbed the dean and forced him downstairs to where the student was lying in a pool of blood, it is alleged.
The deputy dean claimed she had “fallen” and drove her to hospital.
Lying injured in his car, she told her male friend – who had accompanied her – that he had pushed her from the window.
She sustained a fractured pelvis, multiple bruises and a bad concussion.
After her public accusation, from a hospital bed, Yuldashev was detained under the country’s rape laws and on suspicion of causing intentional injury.
“When will women in Uzbekistan be protected by laws and justice?” the women’s charity said.
“When will school leaders start fighting harassment rather than covering up the behaviour?”
Tashkent City Department of Internal Affairs confirmed that a criminal investigation was underway.
The university said it was cooperating with law enforcement and “conducting an investigation into the incident.”
HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available every day from 10am-6pm.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.