A former guest faculty of the Madurai Kamaraj University in Madurai allegedly stabbed a journalism professor on Tuesday during class hours, allegedly as revenge for being denied teaching and research opportunities.
V Jothimurugan (32) on Tuesday morning reportedly chased S Jenefa, associate professor and head of journalism and science communication department, before allegedly stabbing her multiple times, including in the neck and abdomen, the police said.
Students in the classroom rushed out and took Jenefa to the hospital, police officials said.
An officer said internal academic decisions that refused to renew the employment contract of the accused for this academic year were the motive behind the attack. The victim is out of danger now, police said. “She is being treated at a private hospital in Madurai now,” the officer said.
The accused was serving as a guest lecturer on contract basis while pursuing his PhD at the Centre for Film and Electronic Media Studies. “He was denied a chance to register for PhD at the Department of Journalism and Science Communication. It was his inefficiency and complaints about his behaviour that led to a decision to not renew his contract,” a university official said.