Jammu University bars teacher from holding administrative position for seeking favours from girls

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SRINAGAR: Jammu University has decided to bar an assistant professor from holding any administrative position in future, media reports said. The decision was suggested by the varsity’s Committee Against Sexual Harassment (CASH) and has reportedly been upheld by Vice Chancellor Prof Ramji Sharma.

CASH had submitted the report to the Vice Chancellor on August 25, recommending “stringent and exemplary action” against the accused assistant professor Shubhnandan Jamwal.

The case was reported on May 17, when a postgraduate student of Master in Computer Application, submitted a formal complaint of sexual harassment to the Vice Chancellor against her teacher Shubhnandan Jamwal. She also submitted a detailed audio in which the teacher was seeking “favours” in exchange of help in the examination.

The university that day witnessed protests after the girl, who was being made victim by the teacher, spoke to the media. She told reporters that Jamwal wanted to enter into “give and take” deal with her to clear her papers. “The professor on many occasions, used to call girl students in his official chamber and misbehave with them assuring good marks in return,” the girl, who statement on the crisis had gone viral on social websites, alleged. “I also faced the similar situation but I refused to accept his offer following which I have started facing hardships in the department.”

The girl had termed her teacher “characterless”. She said the teacher fails the girl students and then help those who submit to him.

The decision of CASH came at a time when state’s winter capital is making lot of front page material because of the crimes against women. A day earlier, police arrested headed of neurology department in the GMC for molesting a young patient.

Jammu witnessed massive unrest for a few days when girl students from Ladakh made startling revelations about their abuse by the faculty in the GMC. There were some arrests as well.

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