Jadavpur University (JU) has initiated an inquiry into molestation complaints filed by at least three students and suspended the accused student.
Around 13 students came out last week on social media to speak about their accounts of the alleged harassment by Ekalavya Chaudhuri, who is the son of a professor at JU’s Department of English.
The Arts Faculty students union also demanded that Chaudhari’s father, who was slated to become the Head of the Department from 1 August, to not takeover until the probe is completed.
Although no formal announcement has been made, The Indian Express reported that the accused’s parent is likely to give up the position.
The Indian Express reported Ekalavya Chaudhuri as saying:
I will not be responding to any trial on social media. This is extremely distressing and uncomfortable for me. I will cooperate with the committee to find the truth of whatever complaints there are against me. I will speak on the issue only after that.
Students from JU also alleged that the accused’s father has tried to shield him and are worried about being marked unfairly.
University officials, however, have said that there wasn’t any concrete evidence to prove that the professor had been unfair in any occasion.
Source: The Indian Express
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