SHILLONG, Dec 01: Taking serious note of the growing instances of sexual harassment on the campus, the North-Eastern Hill University Teachers’ Association (NEHUTA) has demanded strict action against those involved in such acts.
Stating that NEHUTA takes a very serious view of the growing instances of sexual harassment on the campus and condemns them in the strongest possible terms, NEHUTA General Secretary, Dr. M.S.N. Rahman, said, “ It demands that strictest action must be taken against those found guilty of indulging in such acts”.
A professor from the Tura campus of NEHU was recently accused of sending inappropriate text messages to a girl student of the university and was placed under suspension with an enquiry currently underway against him.
The accused professor, S C Srivastava, was the head of department of the Tura campus Rural Development and Agriculture Production (RDAP) when the alleged incident took place.
“The University campus is expected to be a democratic, egalitarian and gender-sensitive space. It is important we make conscious and concerted attempts to keep it that way,’’ said Rahman.
This is not just one solitary case of sexual harassment. In 2014 Prof. A.K. Das of the Mathematics Department, NEHU was alleged by a research scholar of the University of sexually harassing her since February 2014. In 2016 another sexual harassment case came to the fore of a research scholar being harassed by Prof. FA Qadri, Dean of School of Social Science, NEHU.
‘’Such acts are an expression of deeply entrenched patriarchal and misogynistic mindset which reflects existing structures of power,’’ Rahman said.
Rahman further maintained that violation of dignity and honour of a woman is a thoroughly condemnable act and must be fought tooth and nail both at administrative (punishing those found indulging in such violation) and also at ideological levels (by delegitimizing regressive ideology of patriarchy).