Srinagar: The government has initiated an inquiry into a complaint of sexual harassment by a female student against a senior professor of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU), Rajouri.
Sources in the university said that prima facie a case was made out against the professor in view of the complainant submitting a compact disc (CD) to the district administration containing telephonic conversation and other statements.
The complainant has also alleged that the matter was brought to the notice of university authorities, but no action had been taken.
Sources said the matter might be handed over to police as university authorities were not cooperating in the inquiry initiated by the Deputy Commissioner, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary.
The Deputy Commissioner Rajouri, also the District Magistrate, happens to be the District Officer under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act, 2013
In a letter to Vice-Chancellor Professor Javed Musarrat, Choudhary had sought the appearance of the accused along with BGSBU Registrar Iqbal Parwez, Proctor Mohammad Asghar and the warden of the girls’ hostel before him on Thursday. However, none of the officials appeared. The university wrote to Choudhary that it has its internal mechanism to inquire into such complaints, and sought the handing over of evidence for the inquiry.
No university official could be reached despite repeated efforts