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Students in Sopore protest over alleged molestation by staff member

SKUAST students protest in Sopore's Wadura over alleged molestation of student by RAWE programme coordinator.

Sopore: Students of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST), Wadura in Sopore on Friday evening staged a protest against the alleged sexual harassment of a girl student by a staff member.

Eyewitnesses said that students gathered in SKUAST premises and staged a protest against the administration and demanded stern action against the accused.

Chanting slogans against the college authorities and the accused official, students said it was not the first time a complaint was filed against the accused coordinator. They alleged many incidents were not reported because of pressure from the authorities.

Authorities at SKUAST said that a girl student (name withheld) on Thursday had complained against a RAWE programme coordinator of molesting her.

“An enquiry has been initiated into a very serious complaint of sexual harassment against the said coordinator filed by a girl student,” said Dean SKUAST Rehana Habib Kanth.

“As of now, the said coordinator has been suspended and further investigations in this regard is underway,” she added.

A police official said that the family of the girl has lodged a complaint against the coordinator and they have filed a case and the accused will be behind bars.

He said that further investigations are going on. Pertinently, earlier this week, a girl student in Sopore’s Degree college had accused a college professor of sexually harassing her after which a panel to probe the allegation was constituted. The inquiry is pending in the case. (KNO)


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