A girl student and a former warden of Bhai Mati Dass College of Nursing, Goraya, on Thursday levelled allegation of sexual harassment against the institute director.
A second-year student of general nursing and midwifery (GNM) while talking to mediapersons here claimed that the institute director, Madanjeet Singh (55), sexually harassed her several times in the past two months.
“He would call me to his office and try to harass me. He got my mobile number from the college record and used to call me at anytime of the day. I resisted his advances,” she said.
The student said she shared the matter with her hostel mates and they decided to protest against the director.
“I even informed one of my teachers in the hostel who suggested us to inform the police about this,” she added.
A former hostel warden of the institute also came forward levelling similar allegations against Madanjeet Singh.
“He used to harass me one-and-a-half-year ago but I kept silent. When I saw him harassing another girl I couldn’t stop myself,” the ex-warden.
The student further said when they protested against the director on the college premises he threatened to ruin their career.
“We even submitted a complaint at the Goraya police station but to no avail,” she added.
“On Tuesday, SHO Daljeet Singh called us to the police station to strike compromise with the director. We went to the station but the director did not reach there. Police officials are favouring the director,” said a friend the student who alleged sexual harassment.
“Principal Beenu Bakshi told us to settle the matter verbally, which we denied,” she added.
The students also alleged that the SHO came to record statement of the girl student without a woman constable at a local hospital where she was undergoing treatment due to illness on August 5.
The students claimed that they had been getting threatening calls from their teachers.
“The SHO today called us and said an FIR will be lodged against me,” said the ex-warden. They said an FIR should be lodged against the director immediately.
“We want justice. The director should get severe punishment for his misdeeds,” said nursing students.
SHO Daljeet Singh said that no complaint had been registered at the Goraya police station against Madanjit.
“We have registered a case against the former hostel warden on the complaint of Meenakshi Sharma, the current hostel warden, for provoking the students to indulge in protest and damaging furniture and other property of the college,” said SHO.
He denied having called the girls to the police station for striking compromise with the director.
The total strength of the private institute, which is affiliated to the Punjab Nurses Registration Council, Chandigarh, and the Indian Nursing Council, is 130.
The number of girl students staying at the hostel is nine.
The average strength of the hostel was 30 before it was shifted from the main road to the college campus last year.
“Many girls left the hostel since there were no security guards,” said another student.
Meanwhile, Madanjit Singh denied all the allegations. His brother-in-law Vipan Verma who was working at the college had appointed the former hostel warden despite the fact that she was doing M.Sc from some other college against the rules.
“Later the services of Vipan Verma and the warden were terminated. Hence she concocted the story against me. These allegations are baseless,” he added.
However, Madanjit admitted that the compromise was sought in the student’s case.