Cases of sexual harassment on rise in AMU
MEENU CHAUHAN, (name changed) a student of law, was allegedly molested by a teacher of the Law Department of Aligarh Muslim University. Sadhana Chauhan (name changed), another student of law was also allegedly sexually harassed by the same teacher. Sarita Saxena (name changed), a research scholar, was allegedly molested and rape attempt was made on her by a professor of the Geology Department of AMU.india Updated: Feb 18, 2006 01:29 IST
MEENU CHAUHAN, (name changed) a student of law, was allegedly molested by a teacher of the Law Department of Aligarh Muslim University. Sadhana Chauhan (name changed), another student of law was also allegedly sexually harassed by the same teacher. Sarita Saxena (name changed), a research scholar, was allegedly molested and rape attempt was made on her by a professor of the Geology Department of AMU.
Shabana, an M.Phil student of Hindi Department was raped by a professor and the Dean, Faculty of Arts. On Shabana’s complaint, the professor was sentenced to 10 year imprisonment by the additional district judge.
Rumy Safdar was allegedly subjected to sexual harassment by a Deputy Registrar of the election committee of the AMU. Rubina Tahar (name changed), a daily wage employee of the AMU was allegedly harassed by a section officer of the Faculty of Arts of the AMU. Fauzia Iram, Shaista Ahmad, Sabia Banu, (all names changed) of the Department of Agriculture, AMU were allegedly sexually harassed by a teacher of the same department. Niyra Ferdosh (name changed), a student of the blind school of the AMU was sexually harassed by her teacher.
Now Farah Anis Khan, the student of Mass Communication is the latest victim in the Aligarh Muslim University to have been harassed this month.
This is not merely a narration of the 11 cases in which women students and staff AMU were sexually harassed by teachers or officers. It goes to illustrate why the women’s grievances cell, where the complaints of sexual harassment are lodged, has proved to be of little or no use.
The detection of these cases has put a big question mark on the functioning of the women’s grievance cell and AMU administration. On the directives issued by the Supreme Court, the AMU had constituted the women’s grievance cell in 2001, the task of which was to register complaints of sexual harassment of women and take action. Sadly, as many as 11 complaints of sexual harassment were registered with the committee but during the last four years, the AMU authorities have not taken any concrete action in a single case.
Farah Aziz Khan made a complaint to the National Commission of Women (NCW) that the AMU women’s grievance cell was running only on paper. On her complaint, the NCW issued a notice to the AMU Vice-Chancellor who reconstituted the women’s cell with Prof. Shamim Jahan Rizvi as chairperson and Prof. Zakia Siddique, Prof. Amina Kishore, Dr. Nahid Nizami and the AMU proctor as members.
Sources said that the cell had always been mired in controversies and during the last four years, more than six members had resigned for some reason or the other.
AMU’s official spokesperson Dr. Rahat Abrar said, “The women’s cell was constituted in this university in 2001 and in all these years only 11 complaints were received by this cell. One teacher in the AMU Blind School was terminated, while another professor was suspended but later was exonerated by the court.