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NIT PhD student alleges sexual harassment

punjab Updated: Jun 13, 2013 17:41 IST
Neha Arora
Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology

After case of a doctor allegedly sexually harassing a woman colleague made headlines, another case of sexual harassment was reported in Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology (NIT) on Thursday, after a girl student of PhD course raised finger at her guide and department head.

A student of PhD alleged that chemical engineering department head, Ajay Kumar Bansal had sexually harassed her. In her compliant submitted three months back to director of the institute Dr SK Das, the girl alleged that she was asked by another guide Neetu Divya to make sexual compromise with Bansal to get scholarship for pursuing the doctorate course. She alleged that her scholarship case was not cleared since she refused to obey guide's interest in sexual favours.

The girl also submitted separate complaint to deputy commissioner Shruti Singh, after which the latter ordered the institute director to form a committee, to probe the allegations and submit its report.

The director constituted a five-member committee comprising dean faculty welfare S Ghosh, dean students' welfare SK Sinha, associate professors Mamta Khosla and Geeta Sikka and system analyst Daljeet Kaur to probe the matter.

While the director is on leave till June 14, Sinha, when contacted, said Bansal also complained to the director that he received a lewd message sent from the mobile phone of girl's mother.

"When the committee members asked the girl's mother she said that she doesn't know English and if such a message has been sent from her phone, she felt sorry for the same," Sinha said.

Sinha said that though he would not be able to share complete details about the probe, the committee has recorded the statements of both the parties and the report was submitted to the director on Wednesday. "The director will take further action after joining back the office," he said.

He revealed that the department head did not sign the scholarship form of the girl student since she was late in submitting it. "Both the guides have now submitted in written that they will not be in position to guide the girl anymore for her course," he said.