Published: Wed, March 21, 2018
Health Care | By Belinda Paul

Delhi police arrests JNU professor accused of sexual harassment

Delhi police arrests JNU professor accused of sexual harassment

Following a protest staged by the JNU students on Monday, women's rights organisations, including the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) demonstrated outside the police station on Tuesday, demanding Johri's arrest. The students had gathered outside Vasant Kunaj North police station to protest against the lackadaisical attitude of police in the FIR registered by a JNU student against Professor Atul Johri. "Rather, they are fully interested in filling fabricated FIRs and victimising students to save their skin and divert attention from the issue", JNUSU said in a statement. Some students told News18 that the professor has still not been suspended from his post at the university and it took the police over 72 hours to act.

Several JNU students including students' union president Geeta Kumari were injured in scuffles with police and paramilitary troops as more than 200 students picketed the Vasant Kunj police complex on Monday. A clash erupted between the agitating students and the cops outside the police station. The professor claims he is being targeted by the Left. "By not taking action against him, the university is granting him an undue favour by delaying his suspension", said a student from SLS. "JNU matter of sexual assault of 9 girls is extremely shocking". Even more shocking is the fact that Delhi Police is yet to arrest the accused. "We are in support of the fearless complainants", Maliwal tweeted.

An FIR was filed against Atul Johri, who teaches at the School of Life Sciences, based on one of eight complaints from women students. "Each (complaint) reports incidents that are distinct and separated by space and time, (but) you have chosen to register only one FIR under only one of the names".

Duty magistrate Ritu Singh granted bail to Johri and directed him to furnish a bail bond of Rs 30,000 for each of the eight FIRs registered against him.

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