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Sexually harassed teachers of Dasuya college approach PMO

HT Correspondent  Hoshiarpur, February 18, 2013
First Published: 09:42 IST(18/2/2013) | Last Updated: 09:43 IST(18/2/2013)

Even as the higher education department and the Panjab University authorities are taking their time in attending to the sexual harassment complaints of the five female lecturers of SGTB Khalsa College Dasuya, the victims have approached the Prime Minister's office and the state governor for justice.

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 "We have faxed our complaint to the heads of the state and the country as justice is being delayed. The college management is still harassing us," said Dr Nargis Dhillon, one of the complainants.  She alleged that the management had withdrawn teaching work from her a day after the fact-finding team visited the college.

"Everybody seems to be showing concern for women these days but where is the justice," asked Dr Dhillon.

A four-member Panjab University (PU) committee comprising Dr Rajesh Gill, Dr Charanjit Sohi, Dr Dinesh Kumar and Dr Jagwant Singh, all senate members, had visited the college on February 5, to inquire into the charges leveled against a centre superintendent. However, the panel is yet to report its report to the vice-chancellor. The lecturers had also alleged that the college authrities were also harassing them.

Dr Jagwant Singh, member of the inquiry team, said the report would be submitted to the VC by next week. "The commissione head Dr Rajesh Gill is preparing the draft and by next week we would be filing the report," he said.  When contacted, VC Prof Arun Kumar Grover said that he would find out the reasons for the delay.

"Administrative work does take time,but it does not mean that we are not taking the matter seriously. There is absolutely no room for misconduct with any of the faculty members, least for the females," he added.

Meanwhile, higher education secretary Chander Gaind, who had also called the complainants and the college authorities in his office on February 8, has also not proceeded any further.
"I am looking in to the matter", he said.

The teachers had complained of "immoral" behaviour of the said centre superintendent, deputed in the college in December last, to conduct semester examinations and alleged that the college authorities instead of supporting them, sided with the official. As a part of their vendetta, four of the complainants, working on contractual basis, were sacked.

However, college authorities have rubbished the charges and have accused the teachers of blackmail.

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