BHU sends professor accused of sexual harassment on leave after protest
Professor Shail Kumar Chaube was suspended last year after 36 women students accused him of making obscene gestures and passing vulgar comments during a study tour.Updated: Sep 16, 2019 05:29 IST
The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) on Sunday sent a professor accused of sexual harassment on a long leave and decided to refer the complaints registered against him back to the institute’s executive council, a university official familiar with the matter said.
Professor Shail Kumar Chaube was suspended last year after 36 women students accused him of making obscene gestures and passing vulgar comments during a study tour. However, the university’s executive council revoked Chaubey’s suspension in June following an enquiry by its Internal Complaints Committee (ICC). BHU students began a sit-in protest against Chaubey’s reinstatement on Saturday.
“On reconsideration of the matter, it has been decided by the university authorities to refer it [complaints against Chaubey] back to the executive council for a review of its [earlier] decision and till that time Prof Shail Kumar Chaube has been directed to proceed on a long leave,” BHU public relations officer Rajesh Singh said.
Chaube has, however, refuted the allegations levelled against him.
“All allegations made against me are false. These charges were levelled by a few people envious of my progress. Along with me, three other professors, two lab attendants and a guardian also accompanied the students during the tour. I only delivered my duty as a teacher and a guardian of the students to ensure the success of the academic tour,” he said.
The protesting students ended their stir on Sunday and submitted an eight-point memorandum to the university administration, demanding the professor’s expulsion and the registration of a first information report (FIR) against him.
First Published: Sep 16, 2019 00:42 IST