TURA, Nov 13: Facing allegations of inaction after complaints of harassment of a student by a teacher, the North East Hills University (NEHU) – Tura campus finally suspended professor SC Srivastava last Thursday after vociferous protests by NGOs and the NEHU – Students Union at the campus.
Confirming the suspension, the Pro VC of NEHU – Tura GS Singhaih stated, “He (Srivastava) has been placed under suspension from last Thursday.”
A huge furore and anger against NEHU authorities had simmered after they chose to sit on a complaint by a student against the professor, who is also the HOD of RDAP following late night lewd comments made to the student. Other students too complained of similar behavior though they chose to not come out in the open on the matter fearing social stigma.
Pressure built up the students on the matter had finally led to the Shillong based NEHU Women’s Cell coming to Tura to investigate the matter at hand. The victim provided a statement along with proof of the incident, including the texts to the investigation team.
The case against Srivastava, according to sources, seems to have been bolstered further after more female students of the university came forward to give their statements against the professor for sending similar messages.
The investigating team took statements of the victim and other complainants while also collecting all relevant evidence into the case. A report on the matter is expected soon.