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JNU prof booked for alleged sexual harassment; some women students had complained

At a press meet held on the JNU campus yesterday, the women students had issued a statement, 'The professor often makes sexually-coloured remarks, open demands for sex and comments on the figure of almost every girl. If a girl objects, he holds a grudge against her'

New Delh: A case has been registered against a professor of the Jawaharlal Nehru University’s School of Life Sciences (SLS) following allegations of sexual harassment against him by a group of women students, police said today.

The FIR was registered at the Vasant Kunj police station in southwest Delhi, they said.

At a press meet held on the JNU campus yesterday, the women students had issued a statement, “The professor often makes sexually-coloured remarks, open demands for sex and comments on the figure of almost every girl. If a girl objects, he holds a grudge against her.”

“There is a financial nexus between the professor and the administration. No instrument has been purchased for years, but still crores of rupees have been spent,” it said.

They added that they have asked the woman to appear before the investigating team and record her statement. The matter is under investigation.

The JNU professor, however, said that he was being targeted by the Left-leaning students.

On Wednesday night, a 26-year-old student, who went missing and was later traced to her relative’s house, had sent an e-mail to the professor, saying, “I am leaving your so-called prestigious lab, just because you are a characterless person and have no manners when it comes to talking to girls.” The screen shot of her complaint, which was marked to several other students, had gone around on social media and raised serious allegations against Prof Johri.

Denying the allegations, the professor said, “Some girls, who have levelled the allegations against me, had received a mail from me on February 27 regarding their irregular attendance in the lab. So, they are targeting me.”

The Delhi Police said they would be questioning the professor soon. Police said they had received the complaint.

“An FIR under IPC section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) has been filed at Vasant Kunj North police station against Professor Johri. He will be called for questioning,” said Milind Dumbre, DCP (South West).

PTI

 

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