NEHU failed in protecting students from Sexual Harassment in this institution:TUR

Shillong, November 03: The North Eastern Hill University has again willfully failed in protecting students from Sexual Harassment in this institution. NEHU, TURA Campus saw a protest by its students calling for action against Prof. S.C. Srivastava of the Department of Rural Development and Agricultural Production for alleged sexually harassing his students.

Students had collectively made a complaint to the authorities regarding his harassment but no action ensued. One of the victims had also filed a complaint to the Women’s Cell of the university situated in Shillong, but the women’s cell refused to help the victim or initiate any action or process in the case by merely saying that the victim did not provide any ‘evidence’. NEHU has no Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) as mandated by the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

In absence of the ICC it hides behind a toothless Women’s Cell which has time and again failed the victims of Sexual Harassment in the University. Even in an earlier complaint against a professor in the university, the matter became more complicated because the women’s cell not having jurisdiction under the law took up the matter but their recommendations not being backed by law were challenged.

Thma U Rangli-Juki condemns North Eastern Hill University, a central university for its refusal to notify an Internal Complaints Committee in its various campuses and departments and once again insists that a formal ICC be set up as was also demanded by NEHU Students Union. TUR shall be filing a complaint about NEHU and the Women’s Cell for not implementing the Sexual Harassment Act 2013 .

Even its website does not even have a section devoted to its Sexual Harassment measures. TUR stands in solidarity with the victims of sexual harassment in NEHU and especially women who have stood up to complain and vows to bring the perpetrators to book.

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