No molestation took place at JU, says probe panel

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Jan 29, 2015 13:18 IST

The report submitted by the internal probe committee of Jadavpur University (JU), which is looking into the molestation on the university campus in August 2014, has found discrepancies in the victim’s complaint and has claimed that no molestation has taken place.

The students of the university, however, are not ready to accept this and have demanded a fresh probe.

The probe committee was due to submit its report in 90 days. “We have received the report and will now place it at the upcoming executive council meeting in February to decide on the next course of action,” said pro vice-chancellor Ashish Swarup Verma.

The report submitted by the probe committee has claimed that according to their findings no incident of molestation happened. Instead the probe committee claimed that there was a scuffle. The probe committee report also went on to state that there was discrepancy in the girl’s statement and hence they could not conclude that molestation had taken place. The committee has urged the university to further investigate the matter before reaching a conclusion.

The students of the university are not ready to accept the probe report. Incidentally, the ‘Hok Kolorob’ movement started at JU because of the molestation complaint lodged by the victim and the university failing to address it properly.

“From the beginning we have raised voice about the composition of the probe committee. The victim had already lodged a complaint at the Bidhannagar police station against one of the members for asking her uncomfortable questions. Hence it is natural that she would not be able to answer properly. Moreover, what is the importance of a probe committee when the victim herself has lodged a complaint against one of the members,” said Budhaditya Banerjee, a thirdyear student of the university.

“We have anyway been asking for a judicial probe or a probe by a separate committee. So for us this report holds no water. We want a fresh probe into the incident,” Banerjee said.

Barely three days after a student from Sikkim left Visva Bharati University alleging that three senior students of her department had sexually abused her and the varsity had refused to act, a student of JU alleged that she was molested on campus on August 28 by 10 boys, some of them students of the university.

The girl, a second-year history honours student of the university, alleged that the abuse took place on August 28, the last day of ‘Sanskriti,’ the annual fest organised by the arts faculty of JU. The fest was taking place at the open-air theatre of the university. At about 8 pm when the girl started to walk towards the main gate of the university to go back home in Salt Lake she was dragged inside the boys’ hostel of the university located within the main campus of the university and was allegedly molested.

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