JNU terminates faculty over sexual harassment complaint

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 22, 2015 00:48 IST
The assistant professor was accused by a foreign student of sexually harassing her. (HT Photo)

Jawaharlal Nehru University has terminated the services of an assistant professor after an internal inquiry committee found him guilty in a case of alleged sexual harassment.

The assistant professor was accused by a foreign scholar pursuing research under him of sexually harassing her. The Executive Council (EC) in an emergent meeting on Monday decided to terminate the services of the Professor.

The complainant was filed by a Bangladesh national who was pursuing research under the professor’s supervision in the department of sociology. Following the complaint, JNU’s Gender Sensitization Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH) conducted an inquiry into the matter.

“A research scholar from Bangladesh working under supervision of the professor had alleged that she was sexually abused by the professor. After that an inquiry was instituted by the GSCASH,” sources said.

Sources said that the GSCASH inquiry found him guilty and recommended action against him. “After GSCASH inquiry was completed, a meeting of the EC was called to take a decision on the issue. The EC today decided to terminate his services with immediate effect,” sources said.

GSCASH was instituted by the university in 1999 under the Vishaka guidelines of the Supreme Court.

Attempts to reach to the professor for his comments on the issue failed.

Last month, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) in a report had said that out of the 101 sexual harassment complaints filed in 16 educational institutions in the national capital since 2013, as many as 51 were from JNU.

Last week, Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani had informed the Lok Sabha that 25 cases of sexual harassment were reported from JNU in 2013-2014, the highest among 104 higher education institutions from where such matters were reported, according to the University Grants Commission (UGC) data.

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