Five IIT-Roorkee professors accused of sexual harassment

DEHRADUN: Two research students of IIT-Roorkee and a foreign scholar have accused five professors of the premier institute of sexual harassment, the police said on Wednesday.

Dehradun, December 19 

Two research students of IIT-Roorkee and a foreign scholar have accused five professors of the premier institute of sexual harassment, the police said on Wednesday.

The women had approached the police in this regard, Haridwar SSP Ridhim Agarwal said. 

Two complaints were received on email and phone while one researcher lodged a formal complaint with the police last week, the SSP said. 

The foreign scholar has alleged that she was sexually harassed by the professors in 2015 when she had visited the institute to deliver a lecture.          

“As we do not have the number of the foreign scholar, we have sent her an email asking her to provide more details to enable us to investigate the matter. Another complainant who approached us through a telephonic message on last Sunday has not come forward to lodge a formal complaint yet,” the SSP said. 

However, one of the researchers who had lodged a formal complaint with the police last week told the media that her supervisor at the institute harassed her sexually and mentally. 

She said when she approached the institute’s top authorities, they only replaced the supervisor with another professor, who she alleged had reputation of harassing women.

“My supervisor harassed me sexually and mentally over the past two years, besides using caste slurs against me. I complained to the director and the dean, but they forwarded it to the women’s cell.  The head of the cell said the supervisor will be changed, but no action can be taken against him,” the researcher told mediapersons.

A three-member SIT had been formed to probe the matter, the SSP said.

A statement from IIT-Roorkee on the foreign scholar, who has levelled allegations of sexual harassment against the professors, said an inquiry by the Internal Complaints Committee concluded that the complaint did not constitute any gender-based discrimination and 

harassment. On the complaint lodged by a research scholar of the institute, it said the matter was being looked into. — PTI

Foreign scholar among complainants

  • The allegations have been levelled by two research students of IIT-Roorkee and a foreign scholar.
  • Two complaints were received on email and phone while one researcher lodged a formal complaint with the Haridwar police last week.
  • The foreign scholar has alleged that she was sexually harassed by the professors in 2015 when she had       visited the institute to deliver a lecture. 

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