Dharna at TNAU by ‘ha­rassed’ girl trans­ferred to Tiruchy

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU -

A stu­dent of the Agri­cul­tural Col­lege at Vazhavacha­nur in Tiru­van­na­malai, who had com­plained against ha­rass­ment by an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor, and was trans­ferred to the to An­bil Dhar­ma­lingam Agri­cul­tural Col­lege in Tiruchy, staged a dharna at the of­fice of the TNAU Vice Chan­cel­lor here on Fri­day.

A third-year stu­dent of BSc Agri­cul­ture, the girl has not sought the trans­fer to Tiruchy and wants to con­tinue study­ing in Tiru­van­na­malai. On Fri­day, she came to the TNAU of­fice in Coim­bat­ore to sub­mit a pe­ti­tion to the V-C. How­ever, she was asked to hand it over to Prin­ci­pal of the Coim­bat­ore Agri­cul­tural Col­lege. Upon this, she staged the dharna at the of­fice, de­mand­ing that she be given time to meet V-C K Ra­masamy. She was then al­lowed to meet the V-C di­rectly and hand over her pe­ti­tion. She al­leged the as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor had been ha­rass­ing her since last De­cem­ber. He would even visit her hos­tel at night and try com­pel her to yield to his de­sires, she said in the pe­ti­tion. She had re­sisted his ad­vances and also ap­proached two women pro­fes­sors for help. To her shock, the two women asked her to ‘co­op­er­ate’ with the man. They even warned the girl that she might face prob­lems if she did not. Her com­plaint to the col­lege prin­ci­pal also proved fruit­less, ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint. In fact, af­ter an ‘un­fair’ in­quiry, the col­lege ad­min­is­tra­tion had asked to her va­cate the hos­tel, she said in the pe­ti­tion. She was also trans­ferred to the An­bil Dhar­ma­lingam Agri­cul­tural Col­lege. Vice-Chan­cel­lor Ra­masamy, who re­ceived the pe­ti­tion, as­sured her that a com­mit­tee had been con­sti­tuted to in­quire into her com­plaint.

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