HRD ministry seeks report from DU in molestation case of St. Stephen`s research scholar

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New Delhi, June 24: Union HRD ministry has sent a notice to Delhi University seeking a report in the molestation case of a research scholar allegedly by a St. Stephen’s College professor.

St Stephen’s Principal Valson Thampu is quoted as saying: “HRD ministry has sent a directive to Delhi University seeking a report in connection with the sexual harassment case. The communication was forwarded by DU Registrar to the college and I have sent a status report on the same to the university.”

Earlier on Tuesday, a Delhi Court reportedly denied an anticipatory bail to Satish Kumar, an assistant professor in St Stephen’s chemistry department, in a sexual harassment case.

The student, who is doing her PhD under Kumar, had approached police last week alleging that she was molested by the accused in October, 2013.

She has also alleged that college principal Valson Thampu tried to protect him when the matter was reported to the college authorities.

Thampu informed that while the matter was reported to the college’s Internal Complaints Committee (ICC), a statutory body to deal with such complaints, the girl had also forwarded a complaint to the university’s chemistry department.

Thampu said: “It wasn’t clear from the HRD directive whether a status report has been sought from both the committees or St Stephen’s alone.”

Officials in the HRD ministry said that any action in the case will be taken after evaluating the reply.

The Officials said: “Any action against St Stephen’s principal or any further development will be based on the outcome of the reply received from the university.”

Meanwhile, DU authorities confirmed that they have received the response from St Stephen’s College and the same will be communicated to HRD soon.

(With Agency Inputs)

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