DU professor fired, arrested on molestation charge

More students of Aditi Mahavidyalaya come forward with complaints after one accuses visually impaired teacher of sexual harassment.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: January 14, 2016 3:20:01 am

A visually impaired man who till last week was an assistant professor at Aditi Mahavidyalaya of Delhi University was arrested Wednesday for allegedly sexually harassing a student of the college and sending obscene messages to her, police said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (outer) Vikramjit Singh said the accused was identified as Prince Kumar Sharma, 41, a resident of Faridabad.

“A case under sections 354 (molestation), 354-d (stalking) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC was registered against him at Bawana police station,” he added.

Amid the arrest, police have received seven fresh complaints of a similar nature against him from students, said sources. Confirming this, Singh said Sharma was in the Social Work department on ad hoc basis for about six months. Sharma would be produced in court Thursday. Police are likely to lodge another case against him soon. Sources said the accused is sight impaired (partially sighted).

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Last week, a group of students complained to the principal against Sharma and accused him of inappropriate behaviour, said sources.

Upset that no visible action was being taken, hundreds of students staged a protest against the college management Tuesday afternoon and demanded his arrest, added the sources.

When the police asked the students to file a complaint, most refused, but a third year student came forward and filed it. “In her complaint, the student claimed the professor had not given correct marks to her and molested her after calling her on the pretext of special classes. She also claimed he sent her obscene messages and videos on WhatsApp and harassed her by making phone calls at odd hours,” said a source.

The victim also alleged the principal did not take note of her complaint and said it was then that she decided to approach the police.

Aditi Mahavidyalaya principal, Mamta Sharma, however, rubbished the allegations, saying the matter had been referred to the Internal Complaints Committee of the college.

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