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DU Teacher Arrested for Sexually Harassing First-Year College Girl

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On the complaint of a first-year student of Daulat Ram College, the Maurice Nagar police has arrested a Delhi University ad hoc teacher. The minor student had alleged that the professor sexually exploited her and filed an FIR on January 31.

In the FIR, the girl told the police that the assistant professor in her college, Abhay Kumar, was stalking her for last few months. And when she confronted him about this, he had threatened to fail her in the internal exams. She also accused him of sending vulgar messages on WhatsApp.

Her class students also stood up for the girl and protested against Kumar on Monday after he entered the class.

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“He even went to the staffroom, had his coffee with all the other teachers like nothing had happened. On Saturday too, there was a film festival, which he attended with no sign of remorse,” alleged a first-year classmate of the complainant.

“How can he even think of coming to college and conducting classes when such a grave allegation has been levelled against him? We demanded that he be arrested. It was only after we raised objections that the police came and arrested him,” said the college students’ union vice-president Nidhi Upadhyay.

“He even went to the staffroom, had his coffee with all the other teachers like nothing had happened. On Saturday too, there was a film festival, which he attended with no sign of remorse…”

When TOI questioned Principal Savita Roy about this, she said that she came to know about the incident through the media. She also said that she did not take action because the girl did not approach her regarding the incident.

However, students’ union proctor Jyoti Choudhary alleged that the union had taken the complaint to Roy two days before the girl actually filed a complaint with the police but in vain. The classmates of the girl also supported Choudhary’s claim. In fact, they added that Kumar had done the same to other students as well in the past without facing any action.

Roy told the college students that Kumar handed over his resignation to her in the morning on Tuesday. To this, Choudhary said, “He submitted his resignation out of his own accord. The principal never took any action against him.”

The principal also asked the students that if in the future something of this sort happens, then they must file a written complaint about the issue. And when asked that she should ensure that Kumar should not get an opportunity to teach in other colleges, she said, “I can take responsibility of Daulat Ram, but I cannot ensure anything in any other college”.

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