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Sardar Patel University professor booked for sexual harassment

September 24, 2014


It is for the first time in the history of Sardar Patel University that a police complaint has been filed against a professor for sexual harassment of a research student.

Vallabh Vidyanagar police in Anand district have booked a professor of Sardar Patel University's (SPU) department of psychology in a sexual harassment case.

It is for the first time in the history of SPU that a police complaint has been filed against a professor for sexual harassment of a research student.

Vallabh Vidyanagar police booked L R Yagnik on Tuesday night after the female assistant professor, who is working with a college affiliated to SPU, approached the police station to lodge the complaint.

The complaint against Yagnik has been registered under section 354 of the Indian Penal Code and other sections of the Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989.

SPU, so far, had been dragging its feet in the case despite receiving directives from state government's top brass after the woman met chief minister Anandiben Patel.

The complaint against Yagnik has been registered just a day before he was to go on voluntary retirement.

Earlier, this year, the research student had first approached SPU officials with her complaint. However, SPU officials were allegedly going soft on the professor who was on the verge of retirement.

SPU's Women's Cell, which was probing the complaint against Yagnik, had recommended strict action against him. Members of the Women's Cell were unhappy after Yagnik was allowed to opt for voluntary retirement as per his wish instead of giving him any strict punishment.

After the research scholar met the chief minister, state education department had asked the university to take action in the case based on 'The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013'.

Also, the university has not convened any syndicate meeting to discuss the case or the state government's directive.

"We are registering the statements of everyone, including the complainant and the accused professor. Also, we are seeking report from the university and the women's cell for further investigating the matter," A M Patel, deputy superintendent of police (SC/ ST), told TOI.

 

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Source: T.O.I

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