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FIR against CURAJ official for sexual harassment, students protest

Close on the heels of the suicide of a research scholar Mohit Chouhan at Central University Rajasthan (CURAJ) over harassment by research guide, a woman employee of the University had lodged an FIR at the Bandarsindri police station against finance officer Dinesh Agarwal alleging sexual harassment.

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She approached police when the varsity vice-chancellor A K Pujari, elicited no response to her complaint.

The victim filed FIR under Section 354 of IPC, stating that Agarwal tried to get close to her and called her on the phone without any reason. She also stated that he forced her for an outing with him.

The woman in her complaint stated that she had informed the university management three months ago and seniors had assured her of an inquiry but nothing was done in this matter. We have registered an FIR and will investigate the matter,” said Shivraj Choudhary, SHO of Bandarsindri police station.

He said that police will take the victim’s statement as well as other employees to verify the incident. This is the third case registered in the Bandarsindri police station against the officials of CURAJ.

The first one was lodged by the expelled Dalit scholar Umesh Kumar Jonwal for allegedly being harassed and for terminating his tenure on false grounds. The FIR was against the vice-chancellor and seven other professors. The second FIR was lodged by Dinesh Chouhan of Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, father of the Mohit, who committed suicide. Dinesh has accused his son’s guide Vidyottma Jain and others for forcing his son to commit suicide.

“We warn the government to act within five days or get ready to face the students’ wrath. We have learnt from our sources in the university that the administration is trying to hush up the case,” said Diyavendra Singh Jadon, NSUI president, Ajmer.

Mohit Kumar Chauhan, a PhD scholar of the university, hanged himself in his hostel room on Friday allegedly after being harassed by assistant professor Viddyutama Jain under whom he was doing his course. An FIR was registered on Saturday against Jain, head of mathematics department DC Sharma and dean (research) Aditya K Gupta after Mohit’s father submitted a complaint against the three accused.

The demonstrators held a candlelight march on Monday and submitted a four-point demand before vice chancellor RK Pujari. “We have asked the vice chancellor to suspend Jain and Sharma from departmental works till inquiry is over. A compensation of Rs 10 lakh to Mohit’s family, a permanent job to Mohit’s brother and establishment of a grievance redressal cell for students in the university are the other demands. The VC has sought a week’s time to meet the demands,” said Sandeep Kumar, a PhD scholar in Cultural and Media Science.

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