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Internal probe confirms sexual abuse at key Kolkata film institute

The management of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) on Wednesday lodged a police complaint of sexual abuse against three of its professors after a report by its internal complaints committee upheld the charges levelled by some of its women students earlier this month.

kolkata Updated: Dec 24, 2015 12:10 IST
Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute

The accused professors stand suspended since December 6 and have been barred from entering the campus. (Representative photo)

The management of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) on Wednesday lodged a police complaint of sexual abuse against three of its professors after a report by its internal complaints committee upheld the charges levelled by some of its women students earlier this month.

The complaint was lodged at Panchasayar police station. “Around 8 pm a team of five police officers visited the SRFTI campus,” police said.

“The internal probe panel, which submitted its report on Tuesday, has corroborated the students’ allegations,” a source in the institute’s management told HT on Wednesday, requesting anonymity.

Probe body head Prof Putul Mahmood and other members refused to speak with HT stating that they are not authourised to talk to the media.

Sources in the institute said the management will now inform the accused of the report’s findings. “The accused may accept it or ask for a thorough probe,” the source added.

The accused professors stand suspended since December 6 and have been barred from entering the campus.

SRFTI is one of the two most film and television institutes in the country that are funded by the Union information and broadcasting ministry. The other institute — FTII, Pune — is also mired in a controversy over sexual abuse of students.