Symbiosis Law School Suspends Prof Accused of Sexual Harassment
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Symbiosis Law School Suspends Prof Accused of Sexual Harassment

Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad on Sunday, 28 October, suspended Assistant Professor Srinivas Methuku after students from the college alleged sexual harassment by him, The Times of India reported.

The action came after the college constituted an internal complaints committee after receiving complaints from at least eight students.

Previously, Methuku was temporarily suspended during the ongoing investigation against him, however, he was sacked after ICC took up the matter with the students.

“The ICC interacted with the victims who claimed that they felt uncomfortable by his actions," said Vidya Yeravdekar, principal director of Symbiosis International University to The Times of India.

Earlier, one of the students from the college had alleged that the management brushed aside complaints of sexual harassment within the campus, Deccan Chronicle reported.

2 Students Expelled After Post Against Methuku

Two women students of the college had been rusticated on 26 October after they had accused the assistant professor of sexual harassment and called him out on Facebook, The New Minute reported.

The students had alleged that the administration had earlier threatened to expel them from the college if they did not take down the Facebook post and apologised for speaking out.

“You are hereby requested to vacate the campus from today, ie, 26 October 2018 till further order,” a letter dated Friday, 26 October, from Dr Sukhvinder Singh Dari, the officiating director of Symbiosis Law School, had said.

However, the college had denied the allegations, adding that the students were expelled due to disciplinary misconduct.

“Due to less attendance, the two students were listed in the ‘term not granted/course not granted’ list on 22 October which triggered their anger,” The Times of India quoted an official as saying.

(With input from The Times of India, Deccan Chronicle, and The News Minute)

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