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St Stephen’s can take 1,000 more controversies: Valson Thampu

Thampu, who studied at St Stephen's and later served the college as a lecturer and officiating principal, took over as the college principal in 2008.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 20, 2015 1:23:12 am
St Stephen molestation row, Valson Thampu, St Stephen sexual harrassment row, sexual harrassment, molestation, crime, nation news, news Thampu maintains that attacks on the college and him are not by the learned society but by a handful of people. (Source: Express photo)

With St Stephen’s College embroiled in yet another controversy, this time over an alleged case of vandalism, Principal Valson Thampu has issued a strong statement, saying no other institution in the world has been subjected to such “harassment” as St Stephen’s. He said the institution was strong enough to withstand 1,000 more controversies.

“The fact is that no ‘controversies’ surround the college. Controversy involves two sides. Everything inflicted on the institution in the last eight years has been purely one-sided. What is one-sided must be called an ‘attack. It is true, thus, that the college has been subjected to a series of attacks. It is unparalleled… that an institution has been attacked for such a long period for nothing,” Thampu said.

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“I appeal to everyone to not subject the institution to such harassment and respect the sanctity of a place of learning…,” he added.

Regarding controversies like allegations of forced conversion of an administrative officer to Christianity, a fake degree used for his appointment, banning of an e-zine for not seeking permission on content and shielding a professor accused of sexual harassment of a research scholar, Thampu said, “I challenge anyone to prove that any allegation levelled against the college has any substance.”

The recent controversy involves a complaint of vandalism against the banned e-zine’s student editor, who has accused Thampu of spoiling his prospects of admission at Columbia University.

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