Goa University officials sitting on sexual harassment complaint

May 4th, 2009 - 8:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, May 4 (IANS) While the Goa University (GU) has assured to take prompt action against a senior faculty member following an inquiry by its committee to prevent sexual harassment, the varsity has not taken any action in another similar case for nearly two years.
GU was rocked by a sexual harassment scandal last month, after students from the political science department accused their head of department (HoD) Aureliano Fernandes of molesting them.

While the GU registrar has promised quick action in this case, a complaint filed in 2007 is still to see a logical conclusion. U.A. Vinay Kumar, at present a reader in the department of philosophy, was accused of sexually harassing a lady lecturer employed in the varsity.

While the complaint dates back to 2005, the GU officials acted only after the Goa University Teachers’ Association (GUTA) pressurised the varsity administration to act.

The case was finally referred to the prevention of sexual harassment committee in 2007, which submitted its report nine months ago. The university is still sitting on the recommendations of the committee.

Speaking to IANS, GU registrar Mohan Sangodkar said the matter would be immediately looked into.

“The matter has been forwarded to the university’s executive committee, which will decide the course of action,” he said.

Meanwhile, the GU official also said that the university’s anti-ragging committee would submit its report on May 9, into the allegations of ragging made by first-year Master’s students of the political science department.

Those accused of ragging are the same students who have charged their HoD Aureliano Fernandes with molestation.

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