Irate students seek teacher’s sack for sexual harassment

September 25th, 2008 - 10:34 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 25 (IANS) For the third consecutive day Thursday, students and teachers of Delhi University protested on the varsity campus against the delay in action against a teacher accused of sexual harassment.Spiralling through the campus and culminating in front of vice-chancellor Deepak Pental’s office, the angry protesters who included civil society members shouted slogans like “Justice delayed is justice denied”.

Students and faculty of the political science department of Ramjas College Tuesday started weeklong protest demonstrations demanding action against B.N. Ray, a senior faculty member, accused of sexually harassing 10 male students in October 2007.

The College Complaints Committee (CCC), which probed the complaint and submitted its report in April this year, found the charges of sexual harassment against Ray valid, and “recommended that he face termination from service”.

“The CCC in its report submitted in April 2008 recommended to the governing council to terminate the accused professor from his post immediately but so far no action has been taken. This is not expected from the administration of such an esteemed university,” Karbi Talukdar, a student of St. Stephen’s College, told IANS.

“By not taking any action they are not just turning a blind eye to this incident but to all the potential victims of sexual harassment,” Talukdar, who was also protesting, added.

Atul Chandra, another student who is also a member of the Students Federation of India (SFI), said: “We decry the exploitation and we have to struggle for as long as it takes to get action taken against the accused. He must be ousted from his post.”

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