New Delhi: An FIR has been registered against a professor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for allegedly molesting his students.
According to reports, Professor Atul Johri of School of Life Sciences (SLS) has been accused of sexual harassment by a group of women students of the prestigious university.
He has also been accused of financial irregularities.
However, the professor, a vocal supporter of the university administration's compulsory attendance initiative, has claimed that he was being targeted for his stand on the issue.
At a press meet held on the campus, the women students of the SLS issued a statement which said that the professor often makes lewd remarks, open demands for sex and comments on the figure of almost every girl.
If a girl objects, he holds a grudge against her, it said.
Another statement issued by the protesting students alleged a financial nexus between the professor and the JNU administration.
A 26-year-old student, who went missing and was later traced to her relative’s house, had reportedly also sent an e-mail to the professor in which she said that she was leaving the prestigious university as she was tired of the professor's alleged sexual misconduct.
However, the professor denied all such charges, saying the girls were protesting against him as he had raised the issue of their irregular attendance in the lab.