Polytechnic student alleges sexual harassment by teacher

Polytechnic student alleges sexual harassment by teacher
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Says no action taken despite complaint


SRINAGAR: A student at the Women’s Polytechnic College, Bemina has complained to State Women’s Commission about sexual harassment by a teacher at the college.
The fourth-semester student in medical lab technology alleged that despite filing complaint with the college administration and the Women’s commission no action has been taken against the lecturer.
In her compliant to the commission, the student alleged that the lecturer in Microbiology department of the college used to call students to his room and “touching them in bad ways”.
“This teacher called me to his room for checking copy and then caught my hand which I resist and left the room.”
She wrote that few students have previously complained against him to the college authorities.
She said the teacher continued to harass her, even in class room, forcing her to avoid classes.
After frequent harassments, she said that she complained to the prinicipal who asked her to file a written complaint.
“But I was afraid that the teacher may fail me in some subject, so I did not get courage to file written complaint against him”, she said.
But as things got worse, she said, she went ahead with the written complaint “to get justice for herself as well as other female students who are facing same harassment from him”. But, she said, despite the complaint, the college authorities did not take any action and the inaction of college forced her to seek justice from women’s commission.
The accused teacher refuted the allegation and told Kashmir Reader that some faculty members were “provoking her to stop my promotion”.
“There are some junior teachers with lesser qualification and experience who are eyeing the post,” he said.
“I treat her as a daughter as I am of his grandfather’s age. Even despite that I have apologized to her for any misunderstanding. Later she forgive me for any misunderstanding, but suddenly she filed complaint after few months again. Let investigation find out the truth. It is all baseless,” he said.
Principal of the college Naseer Ahmad Shah said the incident happened in September 2017 following which the college administration called the victim and the accused lecturer to find out the facts. He said both the parties had a mutual consent that it was a misunderstanding.
Chairperson Women’s Commission, Nayeema Ahmad Mahjoor told Kashmir Reader that they have taken up the matter with the authorities.
She said the commission has asked college authorities to remove the lecturer from teaching until investigation was completed.
“We were told he has been removed. It will take one week to finish the investigation into the case,” she said.