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JNU dean files FIR against 17 students for manhandling, abusing him

Students professors and women rights organisations have been protesting demanding his arrest after some students accused him of sexual harassment. Image Courtesy Twitter JNU dean files FIR against 17 students for manhandling, abusing him
Melissa Porter | 20 March, 2018, 14:55

The Delhi Police on Monday detained Professor Atul Kumar Johri, who has been accused of sexual harassment by eight Jawaharlal National University (JNU) students. Johri be immediately removed from all these positions, as the allegations against him bring great disrepute to the university.

Other than JNUSU president, Kadam has filed an FIR against vice president Simone Zoya Khan for allegedly creating ruckus inside the office of Dean of Student on 12 March as students reportedly had barged into his office.

On Sunday, nine female students filed complaints against Professor Atul Johri with the police. "Johri is prevented from making any contact with the complainants", the teachers said. On being asked if the students protesting outside the police station were "manhandled", the DCP denied. The professors also accused the police of disregarding procedures.

He was taken into custody for questioning by the Delhi police earlier in the day.

"Even though you have received 8 complaints, each of which reports incidents that are distinct and separated by space and time, you have chosen to register only one FIR under only one of the names".

If the media reports are to be believed, Professor Kadam has alleged in the FIR that the students, who were protesting, were provoked by JNUSU leaders.

Students of School of Life Sciences, with which Prof Johri is associated, have locked down the school demanding his arrest. "We have already registered an FIR under IPC Section 354 (Sexual harassment) and 509 [Word, gesture or act meant to insult the modesty of a woman]", said a senior police official. Investigations are underway, he added.

The JNU Students Union, which had been agitating for the past three days demanding the professor's arrest, set off on a march to the Vasant Kunj Police Station yesterday evening.