SRINAGAR: At a time when drums are beaten for gender equality and men and women work at par in every field, Women’s Polytechnic College Kashmir has an ugly tale to narrate. A female student has been allegedly subjected to sexual harassment by none other than her lecturer and despite filing complaints with the institute head, Women Commission and other organisations, no action has followed.
Shiekh Sajad, Micro-Biology Lecturer at Government Women’s Polytechnic College at Bemina, Srinagar has been allegedly sexually harassing a 4th semester student in the institute for over one year.
“The teacher called me to his room for checking copy and then caught my hand. I resisted and left the room immediately. After that he has been passing remarks in classroom. After that I avoided going to his room and sometimes even to class,” the victim student told STATE TIMES.
The victim alleged that it didn’t stop here, the Lecturer started to make her feel uncomfortable and regularly asked her to come to his cabin alone to discuss class works and passed lewd comments.
“One day, he met me in a corridor near our class and I was with my friends who were walking little ahead. He caught me by hand and pulled me towards him in a very uncomfortable manner. I tried to escape and he caught my head scarf and tried to pull me towards himself bringing his face close to me. I forcibly let myself go and ran away from that place,” the student narrated in a complaint, addressed to State Women Commission, a copy of which is in possession with STATE TIMES.
She has also mentioned in the complaint that her friends, who were with her at that time know it all, as they were nearby and also heard me rebuking him for it.
She told STATE TIMES that this Lecturer is allegedly habitual of these offences, adding, “I have heard in college that before me some other students were harassed by him in same way. Even some of them had complained to college authorities but nothing was done, which encouraged him to continue with such immoral acts.” Some times this Lecturer used to pass the comments like, ‘Aap Kay Eyebrows Bahut Achay Hain,’ ‘Aap Bahut Kamzor Ho Gai Ho Aaj’, etc, she alleged.
She told STATE TIMES that before filing the complaint in State Women Commission, she has repeatedly brought the issue into the notice of higher authorities in Women’s Polytechnic College. However, instead of taking any action against the lecturer, they (higher authorities) were forcing her to settle the issue and compromise. She said that when he crossed the limit and it became unbearable, she narrated the whole sequence of events to her parents and lodged a complaint against the lecturer in State Women Commission.
When STATE TIMES contacted the Incharge, Principal,
Government Women’s Polytechnic College, Nasir Ahmed Shah, he said that they have received the complaint from State Women’s Commission but not from the student.
“After receiving the complaint from our Directorate Office, we have stopped the aforesaid lecturer from taking any classes until the inquiry is completed. On the directions of Directorate office, we have framed four-member inquiry committee, headed by senior faculty member Yasmin Naqashbandi and later submitted the report to Director Technical Education. Now they will take the decision,” Shah told STATE TIMES.
State Women Commission, Chairperson, Nayeema Mehjoor while talking to STATE TIMES said, “I am personally looking into the matter. Investigation has been started. Justice will be done according to law.”
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