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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Kurukshetra, January 17, 2013
Following allegations of sexual harassment of his students, an assistant professor of Kurukshetra University (KU) has been suspended.
University vice-chancellor Dr DDS Sandhu confirmed to Hindustan Times on Thursday that Dr RK Singh teaching in department of Fine Arts was suspended on Tuesday.

"Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH) is looking into the allegations and the accused teacher is suspended to ensure a fair probe of allegations which are very serious in nature," said Sandhu.

Following a representation of students in October that Dr Singh was allegedly indulged in activities which fall under sexual harassment category, KU forwarded the complaint to GSCASH, said the vice-chancellor.

Interestingly, the Kurukshetra University Teachers Union (KUTA) have come forward of its accused colleague.

KUTA president Dr Pradeep Chauhan said that association had serious doubts over unbiased functioning of the committee probing the allegations.

Terming the suspension of Dr Singh a decision in haste, Chauhan said that KU's action would affect teachers-students relations on the campus.

"We have submitted a representation to the KU authorities and demand a change in GSCASH members. KU should have waited for the final report before suspending Dr Singh," he said.

KUTA president, however, clarified that the association would welcome the final verdict but the accused and faculty members should be ensured a fair probe.

Refuting KUTA's allegations, Sandhu said GSCASH is an independent body and the university had no control over it.

He clarified that suspension was per the rules of the GSCASH which was constituted on the directions of the Supreme Court.

"It is very unfortunate that at a time when the entire nation is debating to take strong measures to curb sexual harassment against women, KUTA has taken an illogical stand," he said.