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Injured UWI female student released from hospital, attacker arrested

Published:Thursday | February 12, 2015 | 3:13 PM
Students of the University of the West Indies stage a protest earlier today against gender-based violence - Norman Grindley/Chief photographer

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The female student who was beaten, allegedly by a male colleague, at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies has been released from hospital. 

The extent of her injuries has not been ascertained, however, a photograph being circulated on the social platform, What's App, shows what appears to be a nasty gash on her forehead.

In the meantime, the police have arrested the male student linked to Tuesday night's attack.

The incident comes as the university grapples with claims of gender-based violence on the campus.

Following the incident, the UWI dispatched an email to hall managers advising of an emergency meeting with hall managers this morning.

The UWI confirmed the incident of "assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and unlawful wounding on female student by a male student."

It's not clear the outcome of the meeting which lasted several hours this morning. 

Meanwhile, Lerone Laing, the president of the UWI Mona Guild of Students who attended the meeting said the university has indicated that a press release is to be issued outlining the sequence of events and response. 

In a statement he said the guild has been "assured that campus administration as well as the law enforcers are aggressively pursuing the matter with the highest level of priority."

According to the UWI email, the incident which involved a first-year student who resides on Taylor Hall occurred in the vicinity of Block C on Chancellor Hall at approximately 12 midnight on Tuesday February 10.

The details of the attack were not included in the email advisory, however, it's alleged that stones were being thrown from a group of persons, including the accused male, in the direction of the injured female.

It's further reported that when the female approached the male, there was an argument then an altercation, leading to her suffering various injuries.

The Mona Campus police have reportedly been keeping a close watch on both halls of residence to prevent any retaliation. 

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