AMU professor accused of sexual harassment suspended

Last Updated: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 16:38

Aligarh: Aligarh Muslim University has suspended a senior law professor, after a first year student filed a sexual harassment complaint against him.

Professor Mohammad Shabbir, who ironically teaches criminal law and gender justice and is the Chairman of Law Department, was suspended by a committee formed by the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) after the complaint surfaced.

The complainant hails from Kashmir.
AMU`s Registrar, Group Captain (retired) Shahrukh Shamshad, said, "This case is about misconduct. We have sent the girl, who claims to have been sexually harassed by a senior law professor, to the women`s cell. A committee of the women`s cell studied the case and the complainant was also heard. A preliminary inquiry was conducted on the basis of which the professor was suspended."

Shamshad also said that a detailed inquiry has been ordered into the matter.

Media reports indicate that the professor was suspended eight years ago on charges of sexual harassment by a US-based university student who was on an exchange programme that time.

The girl filed a complaint with the US embassy; however, after four months of inquiry the professor was let off.


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First Published: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 16:38

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