A day after a woman lecturer of English at Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) quit her job alleging harassment by an outsider, the GNDU Teachers' Association (GNDUTA) came out in her support on Friday and asked the university authorities to intensify security on the campus.
A meeting of the executive body of the association was held on Friday to discuss the issue. Later, in a press statement, GNDUTA president Balwinder Singh and secretary Lakhwinder Singh strongly condemned the incident and expressed serious concern over the lack of security on the campus.
"The incident points to the vulnerability of women on the campus due to lack of security. Another such incident was brought on record by the executive, but had gone unnoticed. Two girl students had been attacked by a boy on March 19 and one of them suffered a fracture in the arm," the GNDUTA said in its statement.
The association criticised the university authorities for their inability to ensure the safety of GNDU women employees and girl students. "The security officer, whose job is to ensure the safety of all university members, is indulging in all kinds of worthless activities instead of taking steps for the safety of the faculty and students," it said.
Taking note of the statement of the dean, academic affairs in the media that she was busy attending several meetings and found no time to read the letter, the GNDUTA said that she was trying to evade a serious issue.
"A letter which had been sent on March 16 to the office could not get the desired attention of the authorities till date. The dean, academic affairs says that the university authorities can do nothing about any incident which happens outside the campus, but this incident occurred in the planning department of the university," said the GNDUTA.
The statement further said that the university authorities were responsible for all incidents relating to and affecting the university members, both in and outside the campus.
The GNDUTA executive appealed to the authorities to discard their insensitivities and take a serious note of this incident. GNDUTA representatives also demanded the immediate intervention of the vice-chancellor in the matter and demanded that he should persuade the lecturer to withdraw her resignation.