A case of alleged sexual harassment of an Indian medical student by a senior teacher has rocked the Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Nepal’s first private medical college located in Pokhara.
The incident took place on May 4, when the teacher with the anatomy department allegedly molested the second year student, a 19-year-old from New Delhi, on pretext of helping her improve her grades.
While the scared student has returned to Delhi, an internal inquiry absolved the teacher of any misconduct. Despite repeated attempts, the teacher didn’t respond to calls to give his version of events.
The student alleges the teacher called her to his office to inquire about low marks in tests. When she said she was unwell, he allegedly molested her and assured to “explain everything” if she goes to his room for 2-3 “sittings”.
“I was shocked and very scared and didn’t know what to do,” the student said. Her mother and brother reached Pokhara the next day and lodged a complaint with the college and police. When they confronted the teacher, he denied any wrongdoing and filed a police case alleging physical assault by the student and her family.
The family was taken to the police station and let off late on May 5 evening. They returned to Delhi the next day.
“There’s no substance to the allegations. She’s a weak student and the teacher was trying to help. If patting a student amounts to sexual harassment, I have nothing to say,” said Dr. BM Nagpal, Dean, MCOMS, Pokhara. The MCOMS authorities have decided to suspend the student for allegedly assaulting teachers.