Student accuses IIT prof of sexually harassing her; but, authorities deny allegations
Bhubaneswar, Jul 15: An IIT Bhubaneswar professor was accused by a woman PhD student of sexually and mentally harassing her and mentally torturing her husband studying in the same institute.
The allegation was rejected by the institute.
The incident came to light when the woman's lawyer served a notice to the secretary in the skill development and technical education department PK Sarangi.
The petitioner sought action against the professor and restoration of her Phd registration and that of her husband.
The deputy secretary in the skill development and technical education department PK Sarangi wrote a letter to the institute's authorities asking them to submit an immediate report on the matter.
The woman has also written to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking their intervention.
The woman in her complaint had alleged that she was a victim of sexual harassment since 2012 and had approached the IIT's authorities but unsatisfied with the report of the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC), instituted to look into her complaint, she has demanded fresh probe into the allegations.
In a press statement, IIT Bhubaneswar has rejected the allegation based on the ICC findings. IIT-Bhubaneswar, register Debraj Rath told reporters that the allegation against the professor was false and fabricated.