BHU Dalit Woman Professor Alleges Molestation, Assault By Two Women Colleagues & Students


India Tomorrow

NEW DELHI—A Dalit assistant professor at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) has complained that she was assaulted, molested, and humiliated by two female colleagues and two male students in her department. One of the accused persons, however, denied the allegations when contacted by journalists.

While the incident happened on May 22, she alleged that the police registered an FIR in this connection only on August 27, after she sent representations to the HRD Ministry, SC and ST Commission, and the CMO. She had also lodged CCTV footage of the incident along with her complaint to the police and HRD Ministry, the CMO, and the SC & ST Commission.

The FIR has been lodged under various sections of IPC pertaining to voluntarily causing hurt, wrongful confinement, assault or use of criminal force to a woman with intent to disrobe, intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace and criminal intimidation and under provisions of SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

When questioned about the delay in lodging the FIR, Assistant Commissioner of Police Praveen Kumar Singh told media persons that the FIR was lodged after a preliminary investigation per CrPC’s provisions. He said that the matter is under investigation now.

The womanprofessor told The Indian Express, that two of her department colleagues, both women, regularly talked of stripping and parading her on the campus.

She alleged that the two women colleagues were putting pressure on her to remove someone from his department post but refused. She alleged that this was the only reason for her molestation and attack on her.

She alleged that on May 22, one of the accused came to my chamber and threatened to get her removed from her post and kill her. “I came out of the chamber and then the other accused shut the door of the department. One of them held me and tried to do inappropriate things with me after tearing my clothes. The other one recorded it. The others kicked and punched me”, The Indian Express quoted her having said in her police complaint.

She said that she was rescued by someone who rushed to the department after she shouted for help.

According to BHU Public Relations Officer Ramesh Singh, the police are investigating the matter and action will be taken as per procedure.


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