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PU dental student accuses associate professor of sexual harassment

The associate professor, who has been on leave since the complaint was filed, said that there has been a misunderstanding in the case and they are trying to solve it.

punjab Updated: Mar 13, 2018 15:18 IST
Ifrah Mufti
Ifrah Mufti
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Panjab University,sexual harassment,Arun Kumar Grover
Meanwhile, the sexual harassment complaint against the vice-chancellor by a varsity’s fellow remains a talking point till date.(HT File )

A final year female student of HarvanshSinghJudge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Panjab University (PU), has accused an associate professor of sexually assaulting her at the department. The allegations of sexual harassment are against associate professor (orthodontics) Dr Deviner Preet Singh.

Complaint forwarded to PUCASH

The student had submitted a written complaint to vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover last week following which the complaint was forwarded to Panjab University committee against sexual harassment (PUCASH) for further action.The vice-chancellor confirmed the development.

According to the complaint, the professor had held her in the room when she went to the department.

‘Just a misunderstanding’

The associate professor, who has been on leave since the complaint was filed, said that there has been a misunderstanding in the case and they are trying to solve it. “This is just a misunderstanding and nothing else and we are trying to solve it,” said Dr Devinder.

He added, “She had come for a check up in the department and I was trying to tell her what has happened as some complications were occurring. She is a chronic asthmatic patient. We are trying to solve the misunderstanding,” he repeated.

This is the second sexual harassment case against a PU professor, after the assistant professor Komal Singh, former chairperson of the public administration department, who was suspended on being found guilty ofsexualharassment for the fourth time, in 2015. A post graduate student had alleged that Singh had indulged in verbal misbehaviour with her.

Complaint against V-C still pending

Meanwhile, the sexual harassment complaint against the vice-chancellor by a varsity’s fellow remains a talking point till date. It has been over two years since asexualharassmentcomplaint was filed against Prof Arun Kumar Grover, but despite over a dozen senate and syndicate meetings of the university, the matter remains stuck as a probe committee is yet to be formed.

At yet another senate meeting held on February 17, to finalise names for the reconstitutedsexualharassment committee, members had demanded an independent committee, saying a member of the National commission for Women (NCW) should be a part of it.

First Published: Mar 13, 2018 15:18 IST