Indian university suspends law professor accused of sexual harassment

A file picture of Aligarh Muslim University. Photo: R.V. Moorthy/The Hindu

New Delhi: At a time when Indian Parliament is discussing issue of women’s security, a professor and the chairman of Law Department at Aligarh Muslim University, has been accused of sexually harassing a female student.

Shabir Ahmad, the accused teaches Criminal Law and Gender Justice in the university. A female student from Kashmir, registered a complaint to the Dean of Law Faculty, Professor Iqbal Ali Khan, against Ahmed, alleging that she was molested by the professor after the later called her into his chamber in context with some fault in her project paper.

The Public Relations Officer of the university, Dr Rahat Abrar, remained tight lipped over the issue. However, the University administration while confirming the incident told a news agency that the erring professor has been suspended and a detailed inquiry has been ordered into the matter.

A senior faculty member from the Law department told the news agency (CNS), on condition of anonymity, that the university administration after taking strong note suspended the accused with immediate effect and constituted a committee to probe the matter. He confirmed that a case has also been registered against the accused at Civil Lines police station under section 509, 354(A) and 354 of the IPC.

When contacted Registrar Group Captain, Shahrukh Shamsheed said that a female professor who is currently the Chairperson of Women Cell has been appointed to probe the matter. “The ‘tainted’ Professor has been suspended with immediate effect. It is not for the first time that such allegations have been levelled against the tainted Professor but in past also an enquiry committee was constituted to probe his conduct,” he said, adding that the professor will face the action if proven guilty. – With inputs from CNS

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