After a day-long students’ strike and class boycott and at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, the administration has, in principle, agreed to the union’s demand that “any person undergoing GSCASH enquiry on charges of sexual harassment will not be appointed/promoted to any important post” in the university.
This comes after the union’s continued protest against the university’s recent decision to promote a professor, with an inquiry pending under the university’s Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH). The person was to be promoted to the position of Dean.
In another case involving a supervisor facing charges of sexual harassment of a student, the union has accused the administration of “constantly dilly dallying” on the report submitted by the GSCASH regarding the case.
Students’ union president Akbar Chawdhary said, “After the protest, a delegation of JNUSU office bearers met the Vice-Chancellor and after negotiations, the V-C agreed in principle to JNUSU’s demand that any person undergoing GSCASH enquiry on charges of sexual harassment will not be appointed/promoted to any important post.”
According to Chawdhary, the V-C said he would constitute a committee to look into the changes suggested by JNUSU to strengthen GSCASH. The JNUSU and the JNU Teachers’ Association will be members of this committee.
Chawdhary said even though the V-C had agreed to the students’ demands, the union will not stop its movement until the university accepts the GSCASH report on the professor.