SRINAGAR : In a significant development, the department of Technical Education on Monday attached a lecturer alleged to have sexually harassed a female student in Bemina Government Women’s Polytechnic College.
Taking cognisance of the news report published in STATE TIMES, the government of Jammu and Kashmir has issued the order vide Order No. 48-Edu(Tech) of 2018, which reads, “Pending enquiry into the allegations of sexual harassment against him, Shiekh Sajad Ahmed, I/c lecturer-1, Medical Lab Technology, Government Women’s College Polytechnic, Bemina Srinagar, is hereby attached with the Directorate of Technical Education, J&K, Jammu, with immediate effect.”
The move came after STATE TIMES reported a case in Government Women’s Polytechnic College at Bemina Campus Srinagar, where a lecturer in Micro-Biology, Shiekh Sajad was allegedly harassing a female student on one or the other pretext.
On April 14, STATE TIMES carried an in-depth report titled, “Student of Women Polytechnic alleges harassment by faculty; SWC Chairperson assures justice”, and exposed how the aforesaid lecturer was allegedly harassing a student of 4th Semester.
However, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, while talking to STATE TIMES said that it is inhuman act and assured the civil administration too will go through the case and strict action will be taken against the aforesaid faculty member. “We have taken cognisance of the complaint and the report. We are initiating an enquiry in to the matter and will ensure that the law takes its own course,” Shah said. He further added, Reyaz Ahmed Beigh, SDM Srinagar East is the enquiry officer and he will complete the enquiry within two weeks. Ironically, the case has come to light at a time when hue and cry is being raised over rape and murder of minor girl from Rassana village in Hiranagar Tehsil of Kathua. “I feel very happy now not because I won the case, atleast I got the justice,” victim student told STATE TIMES, soon after she heard about the news of attachment of the aforesaid lecturer.
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