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New Delhi: The administration and internal probe committee of Delhi University’s coveted St. Stephen’s College were questioned on Saturday over a sexual harassment case filed by a research student, police said.

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The officer said a police team approached the college administration on Saturday morning and inquired about the matter as the victim had already filed a complaint with the college’s Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) in February.

The development came a day after an FIR was lodged in the case.

A police officer privy to the investigation told IANS that the case against the bursar of the college, Satish Kumar, was being handled very carefully keeping the college’s reputation in mind.

“We have got information from the ICC members. We also contacted the college principal Valson Thampu and the bursar to get their versions,” the officer said.

In the FIR, the complainant said that Kumar “sexually assaulted” her in October 2013 inside a laboratory. As per the complaint, Kumar also followed the victim to a metro station close to the college when she fled after freeing herself from him.

The victim also alleged that she was first harassed in May 2013 in the same laboratory. She said that it continued despite her refusals. In her complaint, she also said that Kumar stopped guiding her in her research and kept a watch on her social media accounts.

On the victim’s allegation, police registered a case on different charges including stalking and sexual harassment.

The officer added they would record the victim’s statement before the magistrate Saturday afternoon.

“As the matter is very serious and can hamper the college’s reputation, we cannot share details of our investigation,” the official said.

The complainant had also accused Thampu of siding with the accused.

St. Stephen’s said in a statement on Friday that it was uncompromisingly committed to the safety and dignity of women on the campus and that no effort will be spared to ensure that justice is done.

“…the complaint was duly and promptly forwarded by the principal to the ICC and an inquiry, following proper procedure, is underway. The said inquiry is nearing completion,” it said. (IANS)

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SC seeks ideas to enforce anti-sexual harassment law at workplace

The court had issued a notice to all the states in the last hearing of the matter on January 4

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The IIF has sought to put in place the guidelines for the implementation of the law at all levels. Wikimedia Commons
The IIF has sought to put in place the guidelines for the implementation of the law at all levels. Wikimedia Commons

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the NGO Initiative for Inclusion Foundation (IIF) to give suggestions for effective implementation of a law to curb sexual harassment of women at workplaces, particularly in the private sector.

Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A. M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud sought the suggestions after the Central government in its affidavit claimed that it has taken steps to enforce the Protection of Women from Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

Appearing for the IIF, senior counsel Sanjay Parikh said there was no implementation of the law in private companies.

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He said a meeting was held with Assocham four years ago but nothing happened after that.

The IIF has sought to put in place the guidelines for the implementation of the law at all levels.

The court had issued a notice to all the states in the last hearing of the matter on January 4. The notice was returnable in four weeks. IANS

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